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Making predictions about the future is not an easy task. However, our team has been watching major tech trends long enough to try to make a guess what it will be like: living in the home of tomorrow.
Major Home Automation Trends to Check
Here are a few numbers about the global smart home market state.
- According to the Research and Markets report, the market was valued at $76.62 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach $151.38 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 12.02% during the forecast period.
- By 2022, the total consumer spending on smart home automation devices will reach up to $80 billion.
- The penetration of Smart Home devices amounts to 7.7% in 2019 and is expected to hit 18.1% by 2023.
- 55% of households are expected to own smart speaker devices by 2022.
And what does this information tell us? Just a few things to keep in mind.
Rise of Voice Activated Speakers
Though it is hard to name voice assistants a novelty in 2019 (72% of people who own voice-activated speakers use them as part of their everyday routine), its role in our everyday life will only be growing.
- Seamless participation in everyday life. Big-name companies are heavily working on making this integration into users’ lives as effective as possible. For example, both Amazon and Google have recently announced that their voice assistants will get activated without a repeated wake word.
- Human-like communication. Enhancement with Artificial Intelligence technologies and their growing ability to decipher the conversation context, soon we will be able to see more natural with voice assistants. Forget single-line queries – soon we will have natural discussions with our voice assistants, full of open-ended questions and responses. Maybe, in the near future the “Her” movie won’t look a fairy tale any more!
- Multiple functions performed by voice assistants. News from Google I/O and Amazon’s re:MAPS conferences prove that soon voice assistants will be able to plan an entire evening, buy tickets, check news, book a flight or make a restaurant reservation – and, what’s more, make recommendations based on our habits.
Connected Home Devices & Appliances Everywhere
The Smart Home of the future is characterised by 2 things: lots of data and perfect interoperability between devices. Let’s check how it will look in both cases.
Lots of data means lots of sensors, collecting it and putting it into action.
A fully connected home of tomorrow is equipped with sensors which monitor temperature, humidity, air quality, energy usage – and more than that, controlled simply with a smartphone. This doesn’t look too futuristic today: sensors are getting smaller and cheaper, their implementation into any home device is growing at a high pace, and we are getting used to the idea that our living space caters to our needs without our intervention.
Full interoperability between them is a bit more tricky.
Today one of the key problems, preventing the smart home’s more successful functioning, is a big number of competing communication standards. It is a common situation today that “connected” devices can’t connect with each other: thermostats are BLE-enabled, smart lighting uses Zigbee or Z-Wave, and each kitchen appliance uses its own proprietary way to share data. Their management looks like a hard task, aimed not at simplifying its user’s life but making it harder.
Now it is hard to say how this challenge will be tackled: via a standalone tool, a hub or a standard protocol universal enough to provide stable communication between all (or most of) connected home devices. But no doubt that a Smart Home of the future will have an efficient solution to the interoperability problem put into place.
Developing a More Eco-Friendly Approach
Dimming LED lights, customizable thermostats and irrigation systems, smart waste management – these are some of the benefits brought by turning your home into a Smart Home.
Leaving poorly regulated heating, cooling and lighting systems in the past, we contribute to the planet’s sustainable development.
In the world, where 17% of the global carbon footprint is caused only by lighting, global home automation will help reduce our toll on the environment.
Connected systems will play a significant role in the not too distant future, allowing to:
- Regulate the temperature inside. Smart thermostats, empowered with AI mechanisms, learn from theirs users’ preferences and automatically adjust temperatures based on the usage patterns.
- Adjust the lighting inside & outside. This can be done in multiple ways. For example, occupancy and motion sensors will turn on/off energy-efficient LED bulbs and dim them to a required level once detecting when someone enters a room or a certain area outside of the house.
- Get customizable irrigation systems. This technology allows to set up a schedule, connected to the actual local weather forecasts, and water just the perfect amount, saving on water waste and reducing the costs.
Enhanced Home Security
In the US alone, a burglary takes place every 22.6 seconds. Smart home are secure homes, so hopefully the numbers will change in the future.
What technologies will it use for it? The first ones coming to mind, are:
- Door and window sensors, added with glass break and motion detector ones.
- Biometric Authorization at the main door.
- Smart locking systems.
However, other IoT home automation products can be equipped with additional functionality, making the Smart Home security-focused.
Thus, one of our clients, manufacturer of the Slide smart curtain device, wished to give to their users the control over their existing curtains, which can now open and close at a scheduled time. This includes the Holiday mode: once a homeowner leaves the house, he / she can choose the time when their smart curtains open and close automatically, thus giving the impression that someone is inside.