From the way we live, work, and even interact, advanced smart technology has made the concept of a fully-functional smart home a reality, built with interconnected devices, sensors, and voice assistants. And now, joining this smart environment is augmented reality (AR) apps and technology.

Augmented reality creates an interactive digital layer onto the physical space; it acts as a bridge between virtual reality, artificial intelligence, smart devices, and the internet. With the introduction of AR apps now and in the future, homes are bound to be smarter, and below, we’ve listed a few ways AR technology will make this possible.  

Smarter Home Security Monitoring

Augmented reality technology goes beyond the typical Snapchat filters or Pokémon games. Today, home security companies are beginning to adopt the use of augmented reality in creating a smarter home monitoring and surveillance system. But how can AR technology transform or add value to monitoring functions?

The truth is that some home monitoring systems are still flawed and quite challenging to interpret. Even wifi-enabled home security systems like Vivint are still unable to provide more accurate information about humans captured in a live feed.

With AR, you will not only be able to better identify individuals in a camera’s live feed, but you can also recognize those with malicious behaviors or criminal records.

Smart home security companies are also working to create an AR-enabled security system that features X-ray vision. With Smart security cameras with X-ray vision, you can create a replica of their home space, see through walls, monitor electrical cables, and other hidden aspects of your home without the need for extra security cameras.

Improved Home Energy Efficiency

The traditional home is quickly changing into a more efficient space. From the Energy Star badge on our everyday home appliances to TV ads promoting energy-saving culture, the future of smart homes will be centered on new ways to save energy.

With modern smart home tools and devices like the Phillip Hue and Nest Thermostat making it possible to monitor home energy usage, the implementation of augmented reality will be a game-changer.

Energy-saving AR apps will help you understand your everyday energy usage and monitor your home energy consumption in real-time. They can also help you receive virtual information about the condition of energy-related equipment in the home, helping you troubleshoot faulty devices and how your home’s overall temperature or other energy use may be affected.

Industry experts believe that with the introduction of augmented reality (AR) in homes, homeowners should be able to save an average of 15-25 percent more on energy bills.

Smarter Home Automation Control

AR apps like the SmartAR Home app developed by Binary Banana are transforming how we interact with our home and other smart home devices. This AR app works by creating an augmented reality control switch for smart home devices. You can control your lights, speaker/TV volume, thermostat, smart speakers, and other smart appliances.

This is made possible by simply pointing your mobile phone in the direction of these smart devices, creating an interactive image via your camera feed on a flat surface that allows you to control or interact with these devices from your phone. While most smart home devices come with a dedicated app, AR apps in the future will allow for a broader range of smart control.

Improved User Interface

Imagine having to unlock your phone and scroll through your long list of devices in the Hue Lights app or SmartThings app just to control a specific light. At this point, it would be easier to get up and turn on a physical switch, right?

AR changes things. With AR apps like SmartAR Home, you don’t have to get up from the couch or scroll through a list of apps to dim or brighten your light. You can point your camera at the light or speaker, and it brings up a virtual representation of these devices, making it easy to control them from your couch or without opening their dedicated apps.

Even when you are away from your home or not in the room, you can pull up a 3D isometric view of your home space with the indoor positioning of all your smart devices. You can zoom in and control your smart speaker, smart showers, smart thermostat, and all other smart devices—all from one singular app.

Final Thoughts

Augmented reality (AR) is here to stay, and the sooner we begin to accept it, the earlier we will achieve a fully-functional smart home environment. While most AR apps work solely with our mobile devices to create a connection with existing smart home devices, future advancements may require the use of AR glasses to provide users with a seamless virtual smart home experience.

Where else will the future of smart technology lead? Check out our article about robot pets and home security!