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Smart home technology like refrigerators, televisions, and thermostats, are growing and developing with each year. They aren’t quite in the “mainstream” yet, but virtual assistants like the Amazon Echo are trying to change this reality.
These smart appliances have been building steadily over the past years in both the United States and Canada.
Most Canadians still don’t have and connected home technology in their house, but a Nielsen study from 2016 reported that 46% of Canadian consumers will either own or say that they plan to buy one of these smart home trends by the end of this year.
These are some of the smart home trends that show the most promise.
Right now, people seem to relegate products like the Google Home, Amazon Echo, and the new Apple HomePod to a hands-free speaker. They’re smart speakers in name, but their future shows much more promise for their role in smart home technology.
These speakers are the first iteration of what will become a complete virtual assistant. The Google Home can already distinguish the different voices in your home, and this feature will only get better over time.
Researchers expect 53.1% of American homes to have connected technology by 2022. Canada will likely follow close behind, and virtual assistants will be the leading force.
One of the smart home trends to gain attention recently are smart doorbells and locks. Amazon purchased the company Ring for a whopping $1 billion, and expect consumers to embrace having a smart doorbell and lock system.
Smart locks will not only allow you to see who’s at your door without getting up, it will let you unlock the door without taking your keys out of your pocket.
When you come home from the store and have your hands full, you can unlock the door from the car. Smart locks and doorbells provide a convenience that will undoubtedly catch on in the near future.
Smart locks are only the beginning of the smart security system. In the future, it will be much cheaper and easier to bring security systems to the home. You can monitor your house from afar, and even get alerts when an intruder might be present.
Do you have a particular room in your house that always runs hot? What about one that never seems to get any of the warm air?
These rooms will cause you to waste money heating and cooling your home, just to be comfortable in one room. One of the smart home trends of the future – zone-based thermostats – are aiming to address this problem.
These thermostats can heat rooms individually, based on your direction or motion sensors. That way, you’ll save money on heating and cooling costs while remaining comfortable wherever you go in your home.
Connected home technologies are the wave of the future. Even those who aren’t impressed by current technology will buy into the trends in coming years. Companies will make these products too convenient to ignore, and eventually, everyone will have them in their homes.
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