Home automation technology is growing at a rapid pace, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. This growing trend is witnessing some amazing technological innovations, thus becoming a mainstream concept on a global level. Continued advancement in cloud-based software applications, inexpensive silicon as well as artificial intelligence are some of the factors that have contributed to the rapid change in home automation. What’s more, the new trends that have dominated the home automation industry are just an indication of how ‘smart homes’ are improving as we head into the future. These innovations have gotten to the point where it has surpassed the basic button system security and has become even more efficient and powerful as it has given many homeowners the opportunity to observe, secure and control your home from just anywhere.
In the past, home automation systems were designed specifically to operate with limited connectivity, which meant that the users were using control systems that were limited within a given range. But in the era of smartphones, you are able to control the security of your home right from your mobile, and from just anywhere. And during this year, expect much more from the home automation industry. As a matter of fact, if you haven’t invested in this technology yet, this is the perfect time to do so. In this article, I have listed the top 5 innovative trends in home automation technology in 2020.
Wireless or contactless control – the truth is, having remote controls almost every gadget that’s in your home is slowly becoming a thing of the past. If you are tech-savvy enough, then you probably know that you can not only conduct a contactless transaction, but you will also be able to control your home security from a wireless medium. With recent innovations in smart homes, you are given control over several devices just with the touch of a button. Controlling the lighting in your house, or installing a high tech music system has never been easier. Basically, you are now able to control and observe every gadget in your home in a better and a more efficient manner, and from anywhere.
Increasing standardization – let’s face it; one of the main challenges associated with putting a smart home together is the competing standards and platforms range available. The manufacturers of home automation devices need to ensure that their products will work well on platforms that are provided by brands like Samsung, Google, Amazon, and Apple so as to capture a broad customer base. And as customers usually find themselves tied to one network provider, they may find themselves with limited options, especially if their specific devices experience some compatibility issues with their favorite platforms. Also, you may have to install different apps so as to be able to control different technological devices from different manufacturers in your home. But recently, Apple, Amazon and Google have teamed up to come up with a set of standards that are aimed at making smart homes way simpler and secure than ever before. This move will make developing and selling smart home solutions easier, thus making smart home systems more common as we head into the future.
Robots in the home – this trend started with robotic lawnmowers and vacuum cleaners. But thanks to the advancement in artificial intelligence, you can expect to see these robots becoming smarter and capable of helping us with more tasks. These domestic robots are promising us a future where our day-to-day chores are done by machines, which will, in turn, free us to spend more time on other valuable things other than routine maintenance. To the disabled and elderly people, these robots will be able to assist with mobility all around the house, or in the event that they sense someone has tripped and fell, they are able to call for help. This year, expect to see more autonomous and mobile robots becoming more useful, cheaper and common as manufacturers are competing to provide the most marketable and helpful products.
Integrating wellness – maybe you are wondering; can this technology help you live a healthier and happy life? The answer to that is yes, it can. You see, with the recent innovation, expect home automation systems to bring more wellness solutions. For instance, equipment and sensors that monitor and enhance the air quality on the indoors are starting to be seen. Apple and Fitbit already have smart wearables that monitor our day-to-day activities as well as sleep, where they collect useful information which when intelligently used, could improve our general wellness. Also, you can ameliorate stress with some great music to boost your mood. What’s more, recent innovations allow homeowners to program sleep sounds through home speakers, which promotes more restful sleep. Recent innovations enable wearables and home automation to track and monitor the elderly and persons with disabilities, which makes observing their well-being easier.
Increased voice control devices – currently, there are voice assistants such as Alexa by Amazon, Google Assistant, and Siri by Apple, which have become increasingly popular and are expected to continue winning the hearts of consumers in the next decade. In 2020, you should expect to see these voice controls embedded in almost every electronic gadget in our homes. Already, a company like Sonos – a wireless speaker company – has released speakers that integrate Alexa voice control. What’s more, TV companies like Sony and LG already have TVs that are controlled through Google Assistant, and Samsung incorporates its own voice assistant, which goes by the name ‘Bixby’ in their TVs. Home automation systems such as Control4 and Creston gives you various voice control options, as you are able to automate and control home systems through these particular platforms. Once you are done with automating your home, a lot of people are taking the automation to their cars. Cars manufacturers are updating their car systems for them to be compatible with voice assistants.
So basically, these are just a few trends in home automation, and frankly, if you don’t have this technology in your home, you are missing a lot. And if you want to install the technology in your home, ensure that you contact real professionals to do it for you.