With everything getting "smarter," it feels like we're not too far from living in the Jetsons' era. Smart home technology is especially booming this year, and with a triple-digit growth rate in 2017, it doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
Many new and interesting tech products were introduced in the past year, and consumers are curious to see what's next for smart home technology.
According to this infographic, 50% of the world's population believe that smart home technology will impact their lives in the coming years. That's a significant amount considering how new this technology is and how it's just beginning to gain popularity with today's homeowners.
So, what are these smart devices and what makes them so popular? Keep reading to learn more!
1. Voice Assistant Devices
"Alexa, play music."
Today, over 50% of Americans own a voice assistant device making them one of the most popular assets in smart home tech. These devices have been a game-changer for many with their impressive abilities to turn on and off lights, appliances, and other devices within the home with one, simple voice command.
This has also had a large, positive impact on people with disabilities and health issues, For example, the assistants serve as multiple tasks such as a calculator for proper doses of medicines like insulin.
2. Living Room Technology
The living room is getting smarter each and everyday with evolving devices. Smart TV's have a ton of potential for the future as they have already progressed so much in such a short amount of time.
Smart sofas are on the rise and are changing the way people watch their favorite shows. These sofas have monitoring sensors that notify you when you're slouching and track how long you sit in front of the big screen.
Smart thermostats like the Nest are also booming in the home tech world. They allow homeowners to simply control the temperature of their entire home through an app on their smart phone, computer, or tablet.
3. Bedroom Technology
Devices like smart pillows, bedroom climate controls, and smart beds are helping people get a better night's rest. Smart pillows are designed to wake you up at the end of your prime sleep cycle. Climate controls in the bedroom automatically adjust the temperature in your room to keep you comfortable throughout the night. Smart beds are also an evolving technology that provide sleep reports, control your body temperature, and can even help with snoring.
4. Kitchen Appliances
The kitchen is a welcoming place for smart technology. Smart refrigerators can be programmed to keep track of what's in your fridge, notify you when you're out of a certain grocery item, and allow you to order groceries right from the touch screen.
One appliance to watch for this year is the Fridondas, which puts a spin on your average microwave. Not only does it heat up food within seconds, it can also cool drinks and "flash freeze" fresh food within seconds. How COOL is that?!
5. Home Security
Millennial homeowners are driving the demand for smart home security. Their growing interest in smart technology is driving popularity for smart home security, as it is projected to be a multi-billion-dollar market by 2020. (Source: Inc.com)
So, what's next?
This is only a mere glimpse into the smart technology that is currently on the market, and we can only predict what is to come. This is an ever evolving technology, and with the impressive dynamics smart home technology currently has to offer, the future is looking pretty promising!