Our 2019 Home Automation Trends
Home automation technology moves at a rapid clip, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. What’s driving this rapid change? Continued advances in inexpensive silicon, cloud-based software applications and artificial intelligence are allowing new and old vendors of home solutions to add intelligence to almost any function in your house.
With the huge CES consumer technology show coming up this month, we are bound to see more new innovative devices and systems for home control and automation. While we can expect to see more intelligent coffee makers, refrigerators, sprinkler controllers, and washing machines, many of the advances will come with devices and technology that are already available, but their functionality and ease of use will get so much better that we will be ultimately depending on them as much as our smartphones and computers.
VOICE CONTROL WILL BE EVERYWHERE
Voice assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple’s Siri continue to surge in popularity as they get smarter with advances in machine learning. Expect to see voice control embedded in more devices in the coming year. Already wireless speaker companies like Sonos have models like the Sonos 1 that integrates Amazon’s Alexa voice control. TVs from manufacturers like Sony and LG are controllable through Google Assistant, while Samsung incorporates its own Bixby voice assistant. Naturally, with home automation systems like Crestron and Control4, you have several options for voice control, and you can control and automate home systems through these platforms rather than have to worry about which voice system works with a specific device. The next place it will be easy to use voice commands for home control will be your car, and manufacturers like BMW, Ford, and Toyota are already updating car systems to be compatible with assistants like Alexa.
AUTOMATION WILL INCREASE
With more devices and functions getting smarter, the ability to put together sophisticated automation in a home that once was very expensive has now become easy to do. Smart thermostats, smart lighting and switches, and motorized shades are all affordable solutions that can be made to work well together. If you want a morning routine that gently wakes you up, softly turns on your lights, raises your shades, starts your coffeemaker, and turns on your favorite channel, this will all be very easy to do with a voice command, a button push, or at the scheduled time of your choosing. Living a “Jetsons” lifestyle of the future is now a reality anyone can enjoy.
AN INCREASED FOCUS ON DESIGN
People want smart devices and technology, but they want it to look good. Expect an increased focus on excellent design and ergonomics in smart technology. This may take the shape of clever ways to mount or even hide smart speakers, keypads, and cameras, to better-looking control touchscreens that you will want to show off, to sleek touch controls and screens that look like your smartphone on smart appliances. You will see many stylish options for adding technology while not sacrificing the design and decor you want in your home.
Does all this technology help us lead a healthier life? It can. Expect more new wellness features in home automation solutions. For example, sensors and equipment that monitor and improve indoor air quality are starting to be seen. Smart wearables from Apple, Fitbit, and others already monitor a wide range of activity and sleep, and those devices collect useful information that can be used intelligently. Increased stress can be ameliorated with some good music that improves mood. Sleep sounds can be programmed through home speakers to promote more restful sleep. Wearables and home automation can track the activity of people with disabilities or the elderly, making it easier to keep tabs on their well-being. Automation also has the added benefit of making it easier for disabled people to manage home functions.
SMARTER HOME SECURITY OPTIONS
We’ve already seen tremendous advances on the home security front. Intelligent locks, cameras, and sensors are helping to monitor many more things in the home. Expect even more in 2019, with more intelligence being applied to the information. Smart cameras will detect people, animals, and the delivery truck, so you’re only notified if something unusual is going on. Smart sensors will report all kinds of environmental conditions in the home, and will intelligently analyze and monitor data over time rather than alert you for every small change.
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