The rise of the smartphone has completely changed our lives. Now we are permanently connected at all times, only ever a click away from maps, emails, information and entertainment. The next challenge for tech companies is to transform our homes, which they’re doing with a new generation of smart home devices.
Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s HomePod and many other home gadgets have cropped up in recent years. Here’s a look at what they do, how they are changing our homes and how this smart technology will affect our lives in the future.
What Are Smart Home Devices?
Smart home devices are small, stylish bits of tech that are designed to sit on a table or shelf in your home. They are constantly connected to the internet, and they are constantly listening. That means when you speak a command they will listen and act upon it.
These are the evolution of voice assistants. When Siri appeared on the iPhone, it allowed people to use voice commands to find information, search for directions and more. It was fairly basic, but voice assistants are smarter than ever, and they have now been added to new home gadgets.
For example, with Amazon’s Alexa, you can simply say ‘Alexa, play The Beatles’. Alexa would then connect to your Spotify account, find some music from The Beatles, and play it for you. They can also be used to order food, make calls, set timers, get answers to questions and more.
Most of the smart home devices just have built-in speakers, but this is now changing with the development of a new type of smart technology.
The Introduction of Screens
Amazon’s Echo Show was released in 2017 and it was one of the first smart devices to have a screen built in. The 10.1-inch screen can be used to see the lyrics of a song, watch the weather forecast, check your calendar, read a list and make video calls among other things.
The Google Home Hub was released in 2018, and it is similar to the Echo Show, except it is also connected to Google’s apps and it has some smart features. For example, you can set up morning and evening routines where you program a series of events to happen. Just say ‘Hey Google, goodnight’, and you can automatically set up your morning alarm.
The Rise of the Smart Home
While the hubs themselves are smart, the real magic happens when you start to connect other home gadgets to your system.
As more devices become connected to the internet, the smart home is really becoming a reality. For example, if you have the right connected items, you can already use smart home devices to control your lights, TV, thermostat, security cameras and more.
It’s not difficult to think that all smart home devices will soon be connected and controllable from one central hub, from smart refrigerators to smart showers and even smart mattresses. Many of these are already here, but over the coming years, these home gadgets are going to become a lot more common.
The Smart Home Is Becoming A Reality
Smart home devices are relatively new but they’re improving rapidly, and bringing with them the future of home gadgets. There may be a few hiccups on the way, such as privacy concerns surrounding devices that are constantly listening. But smart technology will soon become the norm, and it will make our home lives a lot more convenient.
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