Soon your home will take care of you
According to a report from Berg Insight, North America has the highest number of installed smart home systems, with 12.7m smart homes at the end of 2015. This could soon grow to 46.2m smart homes by 2020 – around 35% of households in North America.
The term “smart home” currently means different things to different people. Right now, for a device to qualify as being ‘smart’, it simply needs to be connected. But over the next few years, the smart home is going to become a lot smarter as increasing integration between devices and platforms as well as better use of data will arise. The end-goal is home automation.
At the moment, smart home devices tend to give users a lot of control. However, an app for everything may be smart, but it is not necessarily very liberating. In contrast, the idea behind home automation is to have the home take care of you, rather than you take care of it. This could mean anything from blinds automatically opening and closing based on factors such as time of day, ambient lighting or weather conditions, or the lamp in your home office turning on as you approach your desk. In fact, with a new generation of smart home devices entering the market packing an array of sensors from motion or proximity detection to something that measures air quality, the possibilities of home automation are becoming almost limitless.