Not so long ago, a smart voice assistant would have seemed like something out of a science fiction story. Today, smart devices and other home technology trends are affordable and easily available. With the latest home technology, you can monitor home energy use, connect with family and friends, and remotely monitor the safety of children and make taking care of elderly parents simple.
To add a new smart device or system to your smart home, the two systems need to be compatible. Smart-home security systems like Constellation Connect, for instance, seamlessly integrate themselves with new and existing smart devices, linking systems together to improve functionality and user access.
Smart-home technology trends in 2018 focus on convenience, interconnectivity, security and energy use. Voice-controlled apps are an integral part of smart-home future trends, allowing users to control appliances, lock doors and perform daily tasks simply by talking.
What’s more, these smart-home trends are bringing down the cost of home automation.
Smart speakers are one of the most popular home technology trends, primarily because they increase the range of where you can access your smart-home hub. Smart speakers connect to your home’s smart hub so you can order the hub to play your favorite music, shop online for groceries and control hub-connected smart devices from any room.
A home hub is the hardware that connects all devices on a home’s smart network. Once any device is connected to the hub, you can control that device through voice commands or smart routines.
Alexa and Google Home are two of the most popular hubs, and you can use a smart hub to make video calls, ask questions and check the weather. Adding smart speakers to the system allows you to verbally control the hub even if you’re out of range of its microphone.
Pro tip: The technology associated with smart hubs is remarkable. For example, video applications like Facebook Portal can keep you in frame as you move around the house without you having to move the camera.
Home security is an important consideration, so it’s little wonder so much of the latest home technology centers on security. Smart security systems wirelessly connect to your home hub and can be controlled through smartphone apps.
A security system like Constellation Connect, in addition to controlling security lights and cameras, connects with more than 2,000 smart-home products, so you can use it to set thermostats, home lighting and more.
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Future-home technology is designed to make our lives easier and more convenient, so smart devices allow you to create automated routines—or “scenes.” A smart assistant routine might slowly increase the lighting in a bedroom in the morning while turning on the coffee pot and playing music or news.
Routines can be used for home security, to control when children access the internet or to automatically order groceries when a smart refrigerator detects supplies are low.
Large appliances consume significant amounts of energy, especially if used during peak utility times. The latest home technology lets you schedule when appliances operate, so your dishwasher, for instance, will run when energy demand is low, and rates are cheaper.
Large appliances increasingly come with integrated smart capabilities, or older models can be controlled using smart plugs. Smart assistants can even control your microwave, allowing you to create programmed settings you can prompt with your voice for perfectly heated food or drinks.
The latest smart-home technology can do everything from setting your thermostat to cleaning your cat’s litter box. Future home technology is also making great strides in home safety for the elderly, alerting relatives to accidents or security concerns or even whether loved ones are taking their medications.
Here are a few of the latest smart-home technology trends:
Smart devices are becoming more and more common in American homes: Adobe Analytics suggests fifty percent of US householders will own a smart speaker by the end of 2018.
What smart-home future trends do we have to look forward to? Advances in video sharing will soon allow smart kitchen appliances to help people cook food or take videos of themselves preparing meals. Connectivity between devices will improve with new technology, including the recent development of a smart spray paint that operates as an antenna.
To take advantage of the latest smart-home technology—and the devices of the future—it’s important to have a versatile smart hub that offers connectivity to as many other devices as possible. Systems like Constellation Connect don’t just interact with the latest smart devices: they offer connectivity with the future.
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