We're at the close of another year, and it's time to look ahead. 2015 wasn't the birth of the smart home revolution, but it has brought dozens of new products fit for even the modest home owner, and hundreds of reasons to be excited for next year.
Smart home technology offers incredible advancements in convenience and efficiency, and there's always something exciting to look forward to. Here are a few things we expect to see as popular home automation solutions in the new year.
- More Bluetooth: Bluetooth technology has been around for years, and we use it everyday through our phones and laptops. However, in the home, everything from furnature to audio speakers to door locks incorporates bluetooth technology to help make your home a more connected enviornment. The latest version of the Bluetooth standard, Bluetooth 4.2, is primed for a more streamlined integration to your smart home, boosting performance speeds and locking down on privacy and security. What's best, is it cuts out the need for propriatery technologies, allowing you to control everything in your home from one centralized location at the lowest possible costs.
- Bluetooth in your furniture: A perfect example of how simplified your entertainment systems can be, is bluetooth-enabled furnature. With speakers built right into the head rest of your sofa, you'll experience the most realistic audio when watching your favorite movie. Sitting outside on your deck during a warm day? No need to crack up the indoor stereo system, just direct the audio to feed your outdoor lounge chairs from your smartphone.
- 4K TV screens: There's always a bigger and better TV, but the next wave of TV technologies will blow you away. The latest 4K televisions have screens with resolutions which far surpass standard high-definition screens. In most cases, TVs have the built-in ability to connect to the Internet to view online videos in a large format and with high quality. After debuting with astronomical prices, 4K TVs have started setting into a more reasonable price-range, making them affordable for your average home owner. Another reality to be aware of if you are in the TV market, manufacturers are trying to phase out 1080p TVs by only incorporating new technologies, like faster video processors, in the 4K models.
- Bluetooth locks: An extension of the previous Bluetooth discussion, Bluetooth-enabled locks give you the option to get rid of your physical keys. Your smartphone, which you use for everything else, can utilize Bluetooth communication to lock and unlock doors. You may not feel comfortable completely ditching the physical house keys, but if you ever forget or lose them, you’ll be able to get inside your house with your phone, (which you never forget or lose).
- Floor lights: A suble improvment you can make in any room is integrating sensors with your home lighting system. By installing low-power lights under your bed, or along the corners of your hallways, you can have soft and friendly saftey lighting when you need to get up in the middle of the night. Installing a sensor which can detect movement or floor pressure can be used to queue these lights so you don't have to when entering a dark room, or getting out of bed to use the bathroom late a night. This is a welcomed feature to help navigate a darkened room without overwhelming your night vision with bright room lights.
If the time is right for you to "smarten" your home, there are plenty of options and customizations available to the modern homeowner. The catalog of improvements available is vast, but that's where the experts come in.
The professionals at Buttonwood Communications can walk you through all the options that work for your home and lifestyle. Give us a call for a free consultation, and learn how you can improve the simple things in life, with a smart home.