Mechanical Engineers Design Smart Homes

What is a Connected Smart Home?

A connected Smart Home brings devices and services together for an integrated, autonomous experience that improves a consumer’s life.  Connected home experiences include everything from voice-controlled lights, house-cleaning robots, machine learning-enabled security cameras, and WiFi routers that troubleshoot for you. Thanks to decreasing costs and increasing options for connectivity, these smart home devices, sensors, and tools can be interlinked to create real-time, contextual, and smart experiences for consumers. Both Mechanical Engineers and Electrical Engineers design these products for more convenient and enhanced experiences. (

A Smart Home can bring new features and capabilities to smart devices, like interconnectivity, security, offline communication, predictive maintenance, analytics for consumer insights, and machine learning. Each of these capabilities play a different role in key connected home use cases such as home automation, home security & monitoring, and home networking.

Home Automation and Engineering Thought

Home automation includes a wide range of connected IoT devices that can be found in the home. This includes everything from a washer/dryer, oven, or refrigerator, media and entertainment products like a TV or speaker system, or to smaller items like a coffee maker, vacuum, switches, or light bulbs.  They also want to be able to take advantage of that connectivity in a simple way, like ordering more coffee at the click of a button, or even automatically when a sensor detects that coffee beans are about to run out.  Additionally, given that voice control is becoming pervasive across smart homes, these devices can also benefit from using voice services like Alexa for an even more seamless customer experience.

(Figure 1. Smart Home Technology)

Home Security & Monitoring

Products in the home security and monitoring segment include security devices such as connected door locks, video doorbells, security cameras, and monitoring systems such as water leak detectors, energy management systems, and connected thermostats. Devices built with AWS IoT can use machine learning (ML) to automatically detect threats, take action, and send alerts to home owners. AWS IoT enables devices to run with low-latency and compute data locally, without internet connectivity. This could save valuable time as each round-trip to the cloud for the device data may cause a delay in detecting threats. For example, a glass-break sensor could quickly alert the residents without having to make a round-trip to the cloud for performing ML inference to process audio signals.  It’s taken decades for Electrical Engineers and Mechanical Engineers to coordinate and develop communication standards and protocols for, iinteroperability, and safety.

Home Network Management

Network operators are looking for new ways in which they can help customers quickly discover, troubleshoot, and fix their home network issues including Wi-Fi and cable TV connectivity. In the past, network operators have been limited by the software application capabilities within these devices.  Smart Home Technology can send an alert to the customer or the customer service center when a problem is detected, or they can allow customers to monitor and troubleshoot their network health through a mobile application.  (Combine Heat and Power)

Examples of smart home technologies

Nearly every aspect of life where technology has entered the domestic space (lightbulbs, dishwashers and so on) has seen the introduction of a smart home alternative: (See Figure 1. Above)

  • Smart TVs connect to the internet to access content through applications, such as on-demand video and music. Some smart TVs also include voice or gesture recognition.
  • In addition to being able to be controlled remotely and customized, smart lighting systems, such as Hue from Philips Lighting Holding B.V., can detect when occupants are in the room and adjust lighting as needed. Smart lightbulbs can also regulate themselves based on daylight availability.
  • Smart thermostats, such as Nest from Nest Labs Inc., come with integrated Wi-Fi, allowing users to schedule, monitor and remotely control home temperatures. These devices also learn homeowners’ behaviors and automatically modify settings to provide residents with maximum comfort and efficiency. Smart thermostats can also report energy use and remind users to change filters, among other things.
  • Using smart locks and garage-door openers, users can grant or deny access to visitors. Smart locks can also detect when residents are near and unlock the doors for them.
  • With smart security cameras, residents can monitor their homes when they are away or on vacation. Smart motion sensors are also able to identify the difference between residents, visitors, pets and burglars, and can notify authorities if suspicious behavior is detected.( Thermal Devices)
  • Pet care can be automated with connected feeders. Houseplants and lawns can be watered by way of connected timers.
  • Kitchen appliances of all sorts are available, including smart coffee makers that can brew you a fresh cup as soon as your alarm goes off; smart refrigerators that keep track of expiration dates, make shopping lists or even create recipes based on ingredients currently on hand; slower cookers and toasters; and, in the laundry room, washing machines and dryers.
  • Household system monitors may, for example, sense an electric surge and turn off appliances or sense water failures or freezing pipes and turn off the water so there isn’t a flood in your basement.

In Conclusion:  Glew Engineering can organize your every need in your ‘”Smart Home” to make your everyday life easier and safer.