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What can we expect from smart home technology in 2017?

Posted by: Lauren Cox 17 Jan 17  | Energy |  Technology

Last year was a massive triumph for the smart home technology movement, bringing a vast number of connected home systems into the forefront of our everyday lives.

Thanks to revolutionary products like Amazon Echo, Microsoft Cortana and Google Home, the number of efficient and smart homes is on the rise. In fact, smart home devices are now owned by a staggering 15% of households. It doesn’t end there, as 2017 is expected to be even stronger in this sector, with these systems being fully integrated into our homes in ways you wouldn’t even think were possible. 

CES 2017 saw a number of weird and wonderful smart home innovations, from basic security monitoring to copiously customised access to household appliances. Whilst some inventions may not be integrated with immediate effect, there were a number of connected home technologies that we are expecting will hit the ground running! 

Better security 

When it comes to interconnected of smart homes, or even IoT in general, the threat of hackers is all too apparent, which is why cyber security is of growing importance. 2016 saw a surge in attacks on smart home devices such as CCTV cameras and servers.

So how can you keep your network limited to your household? 

Well luckily, security companies Symantec, BitDefender and Intel all launched routers at CES in a bid to keep hackers at bay. The devices will scrutinise data as it flows throughout the networks; an essential for any home with net-connected gadgets.

Endless entertainment

Smart home technologies aren’t just for convenience, they’re also for comfort. We will see an immense emphasis on using connected home gizmos for entertainment throughout in 2017 – think Amazon Echo but multiplied.

Google Home Speaker, for example, allows you to launch Netflix videos by voice on any Chromecast TV device.

Contextual awareness

Smart home devices will begin to develop in understanding of context this year. We will see full connectivity between our smartwatches and fitness trackers and our homes - your home will be able to adjust its climate and atmosphere based on whether you’re asleep or awake, static or mobile. 

According to Fast Company, we’re also beginning to see innovative Wi-Fi systems from the likes of eero which add multiple connectivity points throughout the house which create a single wireless mesh network covering your whole home. While it can already inform you which part of the house you left your phone in, it won’t be long before it can adjust lighting and temperature based on where people are.

More AI

CES2017 hosted a whole range of Smart Assistants to help around the house. Emotech’s Olly, for instance, is an AI lifestyle assistant that adapts to whoever is speaking to it.

According to Tractica, around 40million homes will use voice AI by 2021. 2017 will be the year we start seeing AI appear on more devices. Microsoft Corp. has invested heavily in virtual assistant Cortana and Amazon unveiled plans for integration with Ford as well as a partnership with Whirlpool Corp, meaning that we will not only see connected cars, but ovens and washing machines as well!

Sci-fi visions of the past have literally become a reality – late last year, Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg channelled his inner Tony Stark, showing off his very own smart home assistant named “Jarvis” which he coded himself to control his lights and make him breakfast. 

Who knows how long it will be before our homes are so connected they give Iron Man a run for his money!

Find out more about what other tech innovations we can expect see in 2017 here. 

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