Our homes have become the setting for the Internet of Things (IoT) phenomenon to play out. Our living rooms play centre stage as we connect more devices from within the home to the internet and each other.
This connectivity affords us greater comfort, more convenience and seamless living. We don’t need a remote to request a Netflix show or need a pen to hand to make a reminder list. The IoT market is expected to reach $174 billion within the next five years, meaning the estimated $50 billion industry we already see today, is just the beginning.
So, what does that future look like? Where is smart technology heading in 2020 and the following years? Here are some of the biggest trends that experts are predicting.
5G Wireless Technology Will Be Everywhere
5G wireless connectivity is a monumental step in internet development because it will significantly reduce latency and make download speeds around 100-times faster. It will be the first venture into a smart city, but devices will also be capable of harnessing this elite internet connection.
The result will be more entertainment on the go without issues. You will be able to stream movies from Amazon Prime, enjoy every type of gaming and much more with zero interruptions. It will also make the connectivity between devices in the home much faster to respond to one another’s instructions.
More Robotics at Home
We have started bringing robots in the home already, with the development of having hoovers that work on their own like small robotic house cleaners. This turned will continue to use robots for other jobs around the home. In the future, we may even own robotic security guards capable of notifying the police and more cleaner style robots.
A Focus on Health and Wellbeing
Just like robotic hoovers, we give pet names to. There is also a trend in using smart technologies to monitor our health and wellbeing. From sleep quality to nutrition, there are many devices already out there. However, most of these come in the form of wearable technologies such as smartwatches.
The future could build on this by having more health devices and machines at home, ready for use to use whenever we need them. These machines could be smart enough to help us identify health issues early and also ease the stress on health service providers.
Smart Kitchens and Bathrooms
Some leading suppliers of bathrooms and kitchens are stocking products that can make your shower the perfect temperature or fill a bath to the exact height before a flood occurs. This is just the start of smart bathrooms and kitchen. New technology will likely find ways of using these rooms and their facilities even more seamless.
If kitchens and bathrooms already sell houses, expect them to make home sales even easier in the future!
Smart technologies may advance further, but many of the best could still be used within the home rather than become wearable accessories.