Smart Tech for Better Homes
We tend to associate all ‘smart’ things, including the concept of smart living, with technology today – cool, shiny gadgets, connected systems, the Internet of Things. But future-minded smart living is about more than just technology – it’s also about the way we design and decorate modern spaces in energy-preserving, ecological and sustainable ways. It spans the materials we use when building our homes, the heat sources we choose, how we dispose of waste, and more.
The concept of a smart home
For most of us, our homes are a large part of our lives. We spend much of our time in between those walls and we try to make the spaces comfortable and functional enough to support our interests, preferences, and dreams. Smart living today extends all the way from the home to the automobile, the commute, the gym, and the office, thanks to smart home kits that help us manage it all.
Smart home tech adoption
Homes and offices around the world are at various stages of smart tech adoption – some are happy with a few smart bulbs, while others integrate full-fledged IoT systems throughout. While not all homes need to be smart, most can benefit from incorporating some smart features – whether the goal is to preserve electricity and heat, or simply make daily life easier and more practical.
Smart tech home applications
We have come a long way since the introduction of smart bulbs and smart thermostats – two examples of consumer smart home tech that were introduced early on, and which have since caught on quite massively. Today, achieving complete control over one’s home and all its features is entirely feasible, thanks to smart switches, hubs and controllers with built-in cameras, arrival and motion sensors, wireless speaker controls, and voice assistants. Overseeing the entire array of smart home gear is possible thanks to devices like Google Nest Hub and is accomplished from slick touchscreen panel installations or dedicated mobile apps.
Read on to find out which smart home tech we consider the most promising for 2020 and beyond.
Smart home security
Modern home security systems come complete with connected entry, motion and glass-break sensors, remote control apps and other features, depending on their complexity. The more sophisticated ones even have embedded SIM cards and backup batteries to ensure they’ll never go offline, even if the internet and power supply are both cut off.
Food storage and refrigeration
Smart food management and correct temperature storage can lead to food lasting longer, being used by its due date, and being wasted less. This type of smart home tech – which typically includes sensors, cameras, and apps – is perfect for zero-waste households or those striving to be less wasteful and more mindful with their grocery purchases.
The future of connectivity
Devices like Portal that enable real-time video calling from virtually any space in the home highlight our desire to stay connected with family members and loved ones. Facetiming them is no longer enough – we now want to be able to experience them as if they were home with us – no matter where in the world they might be. As society becomes more globalized, our need for personal connection will only increase. The smart tech that enables those connections is slated to do well – along with devices that fulfill our need to experience and feel more – including those capable of 3D, AR, and VR projections.
Transforming hygiene spaces into vital hubs
Connected bathroom experiences are becoming sought after by tech-savvy consumers. The bathroom is no longer a space reserved solely for hygienic purposes – it is now a smart space where we can relax in an ambient atmosphere, have guided meditations, get informed about our health, listen to audiobooks, and plan our days. Smart mirrors, scales, and monitors will help us maintain our health, youth and vitality – signaling to us when something’s amiss.
The future of smart living
Living in a technology-driven era has its benefits but also a few drawbacks. Smart technology can be the answer to many of our sustainability woes for the coming decades – but overreliance on it can have the opposite effect, as producing additional gadgets isn’t always very nature-friendly or sustainable. To solve this conundrum, we need to think of technology as not simply adding more hardware or software but coming up with intelligent, innovative solutions that could include hardware and software components but don’t have to.
If working with a tech partner who has this awareness is important to you, please drop Verhaert Digital a line – we’d be happy to discuss the best fit for your needs.