Only a few years ago, wireless home security and other smart home solutions might have sounded like the stuff of science fiction. However, they are rapidly becoming a part of our everyday lives.
Increased Use of Voice Control
In a January 2018 article for Forbes, Tyler Shields—a VP of Marketing at web application security company Signal Sciences—stated that voice control or voice recognition will be “the breakthrough advancement that really allows [smart home] technologies to become ubiquitous.” Certainly, the increasing popularity of voice services like Siri and Alexa would suggest that there is something to Shields’ opinion.
Shields also claims that voice control will become a staple of “phone, TV, home audio and even car dashboard [technologies]” by the end of 2018. Time will tell whether or not that actually happens. Still, the idea that voice recognition will become more widespread seems likely, especially since Amazon reportedly sold millions of its Echo Dot smart home device during the 2017 Christmas season.
More Smart Appliances
Experts also anticipate an increase in the number of smart appliances and gadgets. For instance, OptinMonster’s Thomas Griffin told Forbes that he believes we will see more smart kitchen gadgets, including “rice cookers that are connected to Alexa, smart crockpots and integrated apps.”
Research done by Home Advisor seem to support this idea. In a recent post for the company’s website, Smart Home Strategist Dan DiClerico discusses a survey of over 1,400 smart home professionals—including carpenters, HVAC professionals, wireless security camera system providers and others—conducted by HomeAdvisor and CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association). The survey found that 75% of this group reported getting more calls relating to smart home devices and installations over the course of 2017. DiClerico also noted that the smart home market currently has a good combination of products with “deep market penetration” and others with potential for growth.
Integration or Cross-Compatibility
Technology experts anticipate not only an increase in smart home devices but a greater need for integration between them as well. As Arnie Gordon from Arlyn Scales put it in Forbes, “Navigating goofy AI misunderstandings for 12 appliances and the front door is not the way of the future.”
Bigger Security and Customer Service Concerns
As the use of smart home devices becomes more widespread, issues involving security and service should arise too. People will need to know that their systems are protected against hackers and intruders. Also, the increase in service calls noted by CEDIA and HomeAdvisor makes clear the need for knowledgeable, effective professionals.
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