Over the last couple of years we have seen a huge increase in the use of smart home technology. As our homes become more connected, there is a smart home solution for almost every household device. Want to order an Uber from your alarm clock? No problem. The Beddi has you covered. Want to boil your kettle from a smartphone app from a remote location? Here’s the kettle for you!
But as the world becomes more and more connected, what does this mean for the everyday household, and what does the home of the future look like? We have taken a look at some of the upcoming trends in smart home technology, to give you a glimpse at the home of the future.
There have been huge advancements in the world of robotics in recent years, and investment is being heavily pumped into this area. There are currently a number of automated robots that you can buy to take care of various chores around your house, such as hoovering floors or washing windows. The Roomba was the first to make waves in the market, with vacuum industry heavyweights Dyson launching their own offering this year, the 360 Eye.
While these are the pioneering household robots, huge advances are coming in the near future. There is already a bar in Germany with a robot bartender that can serve you drinks and mix cocktails. The humanoid robot named Carl can be controlled via a touchscreen, but can also respond to voice commands. It mightn’t be too long before you have your very own robot butler at home!
Smart appliances are where you are going to see the most immediate influx of smart technology into your home. While there is a huge range of smart appliances already available, it is set to skyrocket in the coming years. Nearly every home appliance you can think now comes with a Wi-Fi enabled option, with LCD displays and an array of sensors. Anything from fridges, washing machines, dryers and just about everything else comes with Wi-Fi, to allow you to control your device remotely and get updates on the devices status straight to your smartphone.
Climate change and global warming have been increasingly documented in the past few years, and people are starting to change their habits to reduce their carbon footprint. The home of the future will have an array of sensors and technology to allow you to maintain your heat and water as efficiently as possible. Nest was one of the first to enter this area with their Smart Thermostat that allows you to manage your home heating remotely, and view stats on your heating usage. But a lot of other companies are starting to follow suit, and one of the leaders in this space is Powerhouse Dynamics. They recently unveiled their SiteSage for Homes, which is complete energy efficiency monitoring and management system. You can see in real-time how your house is performing, which appliances are guzzling the most energy, and how big your carbon footprint is at any given time. While this technology is relatively new, it will almost certainly be a mainstay in the home of the future.
So there you have it! The home of the future is coming fast, and while it may not be tomorrow, you could be living in a robot serviced smart home sooner than you think.