Voice activated home personal assistant devices connect your home to a voice activated virtual assistant that can turn on lights, music, set timers, connect you to an internet search, and more. Home-automation hub allows more devices to securely connect to a central bridge or hub for use wirelessly from a remote control panel, pad, phone, or computer.
A good home automation hub will allow the user to monitor the home’s security, climate, sound, lights and more from one central device. These hubs most often connect to a home WiFi network and act as a central location for each of your smart-home devices.
Smart-home technologies strive to create not only convenience, but also efficiency. Solar technologies and home batteries are fully integrated technologies. While separate products, both are examples of future advanced smart-home technologies. This technology uses the sun to power the home or stored in a home battery.
In the case of home batteries, energy can be stored in large quantities (normally in lithium batteries) for later use. These devices will save the homeowner hundreds to thousands of dollars per year. Home batteries are becoming more popular as electric companies switch over their rate structures to charging customer not just how much they consume … but when they consume.
Efficient homes are not the only place that consumers are saving money; hybrid and electric car purchases are also becoming more popular. With this, homes must also become smarter to accommodate this change in taste by adding a car charging station (or two). Since many electric vehicles don’t have the same range on a single charge compared to traditional gasoline or diesel vehicle, setting up a charging station at home is a good way to maximize efficiency.
Most hybrid or electric car purchasers have the option to install a charging port in their home. As more people opt for electric or hybrid cars, the demand for these charging ports will be greater. This may create a positive resale feature for a home with charging ports already installed.
Finally, smart homes interact with the home’s secure WiFi network. The finishing touches of a smart home will continue to focus on the appliances and personal devices of the home. However, instead of focusing on the basics (climate control and lighting are the two most common), advanced smart homes will take advantage of the plethora of appliances with smart technologies.
From fridges that create shopping lists to toasters that connect to the home’s WiFi network, the sky is the limit on which devices can be added to smart homes. Most people are now adding smart appliances to their existing home. The key here is connectivity for as many items as possible to maximize convenience.
Smart-home technologies are here to stay, and their focus will continue to be convenience and efficiency. While many are still being introduced to simple products, the future will likely include many of these advanced projects.