The smart home of 2018 includes a wide variety of devices that offer different benefits to the user. This tech trend is one of the fastest moving in recent years with the market set to increase several-fold in the next few years alone. The quality of AI is now strong enough to be integrated into these devices for reliable and improved performance. What is most exciting is that the range of smart devices is only set to get bigger and better.
The concept of the Internet of Things (IOT) is allowing any ordinary device to be connected to the internet and therefore work in unison with other smart devices creating an automated chain. The results of this are an improved and effortless user experience. Your home now thinks for you.
This infographic breaks down the most popular smart home devices into 3 categories; protection, money savers and ease of use. These benefits somewhat define what the smart home experience is about. Home living has never been so easy, been so fun and been so safe.
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The security aspect of the smart home is the most popular application of technology, accounting for over half the market. This involves an array of indoor and outdoor cameras, video doorbells, smart locks and much more. 24/7 access to your devices and intelligent motion detection allows you to stay on top of your home security.
Top security camera brands such as Arlo and Blink can intelligently identify real threats from fake ones and send real-time notifications to your phone based on the detection. A video doorbell, such as Ring, allows you to answer the door at any time regardless of where you are, provided your smartphone and the device has internet connectivity. This is practical for deterring unwanted visitors or providing instructions for the delivery man. You have the ability to talk through the device and unlock it whenever you need to.
If your out but your mother needs to pick up her belongings left in your home, you are covered without needing to come home especially to let her in.
Money savers are controlled from a smartphone app or may even have AI to detect when they should operate and in the most efficient manner. The prime examples are smart thermostats or smart lighting. These are fine tuned to turn on and off based on your movements without you having to put any thought into it, using motion detectors to do so. Smart thermostats are perhaps the best money saving devices out of all these devices.
They can save up to 20% on heating and cooling bills a year which can equate to a few hundred dollars. This is more than the price of the Nest of Ecobee thermostat devices, making this device pay for itself in a very short time frame. You are also doing the environment a whole lot of good! Smart light bulbs are LED, as well as being automated, which uses up very little energy compared to halogen or incandescent bulbs. This can knock off a considerable amount from your energy bill.
Finally, smart home devices are incredibly easy to use because of their simplicity, automation and control. Voice recognition technology in smart hubs is a very popular option for control as it is effortless. The hub brings them together into one language and acts as the interface for all of them, rather than requiring you to individually control each one tough their own dedicated app.
Universal remotes are also very useful devices as they bring all your differing gadgets and devices into one control panel. Firms like Logitech have created remotes that are compatible with over 200,000 different devices, making sure that you will be covered. Cleaning robots are also very popular as they remove boring chores out of your life.
Robot vacuums such as iLife and Roomba can effectively clean your whole home with little to no effort from you. Just schedule a program and empty the dustbin every once in a while and your good to go!