Home Automation Has a Long History

When it comes to home automation, we have come a long way. The first “smart homes” were simply ideas dreamed up by science fiction writers and researchers that hoped a day would come where our homes were more than the simple structures that they had been for thousands of years. While we haven’t quite gotten to the point where our home has a meal cooked and ready to go by the time we get home, home automation has come a long way in the last few decades. Here at Leon Tech Solutions, we have been bringing home automation solutions to Bridgehampton residents for years and, in today’s post, we thought it would be interesting to go over a little of the history surrounding the evolution of smart home technology. Continue reading below to learn more.

It All Started With Appliances

Though we may not think about it now, home appliances are the forerunners to all smart home technology. With the introduction of vacuums, refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, toasters, irons, and a plethora of other home appliances, people were given access to machines that made their day to day lives much easier than before. This boom in technology happened relatively quickly, occurring primarily between the years of 1900 and 1920, an era when technology and manufacturing were finally starting to catch up with the demands of the general population. Despite the boom in home technology that occurred during this time, it would be quite a while before the technology for true home automation was made available to the public.

Enter the Computer

Trying to imagine a time when computers were not as ubiquitous as they are now can be difficult. More than most other pieces of technology, computers have made their way into nearly every aspect of our lives. In the late 60s, computers were primitive when compared to today’s models, however, this didn’t stop companies from trying to come up with new ways to incorporate computer technology into the lives of consumers. In 1966, the ECHO IV was introduced. Although it was never released on a commercial level, the ECHO IV was the first smart device intended to be incorporated into the home. This device could compute shopping lists, control appliances in the home, and control the home’s temperature. Again, while this technology was primitive when compared to the devices that we have today, it was one of the first attempts at bringing automation into the home.

Join us again next time as we conclude our short blog series on the history of home automation in the United States. If you would like to learn more about the home automation services that we offer to residents of the Bridgehampton area, please get in touch with us today by giving us a call at (631)-537-5200 or by filling out our contact form on our website. We offer the best in home automation and smart home technologies and we are certain that once you see what we can do for your home you will see why so many of our clients rely on us to make sure their home is as advanced as possible.