First smartphones took on desktop phones, and won.Now it’s the turn of smart washing machines and televisions to challenge traditional home appliances, with analysts predicting their future growth in China could be huge.Fridges syncing up to your smartphone might sound like something from a sci-fi movie but they could soon be a fixture of Chinese households, if companies can make smart technology more useful, according to UBS research.
Smart Home Ready Americans are excited by smart home options—but 44 percent want the technology already installed before moving in to a new home. Further, 57 percent would consider buying an old home if smart home tech had been installed. So says a new survey from Coldwell Banker Real Estate which found that the majority of those who are eager for smart home tech are Millennials, then followed by those from Generation X, and finally Baby Boomers. Although smart home devices are growing easier to install, consumers still want some of the work done for them. Having a home pre-wired and set up for smart home devices, whether a smart thermostat or security system, is clearly now a attractive feature for home buyers.
If consumers are shopping for smart-home products, security is likely top of mind.According to The NPD Group’s Connected Intelligence service, four out of 10 consumers who are at least somewhat interested in a smart home ranked making their home more secure and safe as the top reason driving their interest.
The smart home is gaining ground, but it’s still a muddle of confusing standards, competing platforms, and gadgets that don’t do what you might expect. But the promise of products that can make your life a little easier is hard to resist, so I’m here to answer the inevitable questions that arise.Whether it’s figuring out the best connected door lock to assembling the right recipe to wake you up with a faux sunrise at the optimal moment based on yourfitness tracker’s data, I’ve got you covered. As the host of The Internet of Things Podcast, I install a lot of gear and spend hours testing hardware and software to see what works. Smart homes are still pretty dumb, but I want to help you feel smart.
LEDVANCE announced that SYLVANIA smart lights can now be easily controlled via voice directly with the OSRAM LIGHTIFY® Gateway and Alexa-enabled devices including the hands-free voice controlled speaker Amazon Echo, helping make the Smart Home a reality for the general public. In addition to being able to control your lighting, Amazon Echo connects to Alexa to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly.
The 2016 Summer Olympics are under way, and despite some controversy – including green pools – (and some horrific injuries), the games are carrying on and giving us plenty to cheer about (women’s gymnastics team takes gold in the all-around!) and plenty to laugh about (#PhelpsFace – Google it).In the spirit of the games, I started to think about what the smart home technology Olympics would look like – arguably not as cool as Office Olympics, but it could still be fun.
The property and casualty insurance industry is taking a closer look at the potential for smart home devices. Observers expect that smart homes will have a similar effect on home insurance that telematics and the connected car did for auto insurance. Soon, carriers aim to use connected-home technology for claims avoidance, underwriting and improved interactions with homeowners beyond just creating a policy.
While Siri and Google Now are well-established smartphone features, it is in the smart home that voice control systems will live out their full potential. Smart TVs, smart refrigerators, smart plugs, and more will extend the reach and simplicity of managing the smart home environment using voice. With ABI Research forecasting more than 120 million voice-enabled devices to ship annually by 2021, voice control, which combines speech recognition and natural language processing, is quickly becoming the key user interface within the smart home.
Switzerland-based computer peripherals company Logitech International SA LOGI recently unveiled a new accessory that it claims will greatly simplify the control of smart home devices. The company launched the Pop Home Switch, which allows users to set moods and control a range of smart home products with the press of a button.The Pop is a single button that connects to a hub plugged directly into an outlet via Bluetooth LE. The hub offers support to a broad range of top smart home gadgets, including LIFX connected bulbs, Phillips Hue lights, Lutron smart drapes and INSTEON smart home products.