The “smart home” market has exploded in the last few years, creating an ecosystem of interconnected devices in our homes and lives. Here are five trends we think are worth following:
More natural voice control
Voice control platforms like Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant, Samsung Bixby and others allow you to control and operate any connected devices in your home with just a string of verbal commands. In 2019, we expect a more natural way of speaking with our smart devices instead of a standard list of commands.
More efficient network control
Networking systems designed specifically for smart homes have become more common – with ample bandwidth, speed and range to handle all the new technologies and devices. Next step will be software and apps to allow homeowners to prioritize which products get the best connection or set parameters for family members (e.g. no gaming during homework).
Rising need for cybersafety in Internet of Things (IoT)
As IoT has enabled greater communication between the devices inside our homes and the world outside, the ugly flipside of vulnerability to hacking has come to the fore. Manufacturers will start paying more attention to extra layers of cybersafety to give real peace of mind.
Customized functions based on users’ identity
Smart home devices are now able to learn from users’ habits and adjust settings accordingly. Biometrics and artificial intelligence are becoming more commonplace, and customization based on the identity of users will become more mainstream.
Drones for home security
Drones have quickly evolved into a security device with integrated surveillance cameras and the ability to give users a bird’s eye view of places that a standard surveillance camera couldn’t go. Drones are now due a makeover to look less like a toy and more like a piece of home décor.
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