What Will Future Smart Homes Look Like?
Smart home technology isn’t taking off as quickly as many had thought it would, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t making enormous strides in terms of functionality and usability. In fact, today’s smart home already blows away anything that was possible five years ago. This begs the question: Where does the industry see itself in five years?
What will smart homes look like when the ball drops at New Year’s in 2022?
We looked into the best industry analysis out there to bring you the answer. For reference, you should absolutely check out how one set of predictions from 2005 stacks up to today’s technology. As far as 2022 goes, here’s where we see smart home tech in five years.
Biometrics Through Wearables
While many of the other predicted advancements here are extensions of current tech, biometrics really hasn’t made its way into smart homes yet. But once it does, it’s set to completely transform them. Right now, smart homes can know who you are and when you’re home through your smartphone, allowing you to set preferred temperatures, lighting settings, etc. for when you’re home.
Biometrics promises to take this to the next level. By integrating with wearables, your smart home will be able to make precise adjustments to all of these elements based on your heartbeat. If that sounds strange, be aware that this exact technology is already under development.
Of course, beyond simply adjusting temperatures, these kinds of health monitoring devices will also help warn users of pending health problems in addition to providing far more detailed information to medical professionals. Those doctors and nurses themselves will be making more decisions based on more data with the help of AI. This ties into the idea that future smart homes will work hard to make more decisions for you.
AI That Makes Decisions For You
No doubt one of the largest complaints coming from current smart home users is the necessity to spend a lot of time making decisions and setting up systems. With that in mind, tech companies are working hard to integrate AI into their smart home tech.
Some companies, like Nest, are already showing the potential with their smart home thermostats. Instead of requiring you to constantly update and adjust settings, these thermostats are designed to gradually learn your preferences and automatically adjust to them. In the future, we should expect this kind of integrated learning to become more and more common and sophisticated.
That means that the smart home of the future will require minimal input from users. But that’s far from the limit of how AI will impact future smart homes.
Robots Will Do More Than Ever
Maybe you’ve had a Roomba for the past few years, but robots are set to make a far large impact on the smart home world in the coming years. Pushed by a massively increasing number of elderly folks in need of assistance throughout the developed world, home robots are learning to do more than ever. For example, right now companies are building robots to mow your lawn or even cook for you.
Thought they will likely be on the expensive side for the foreseeable future, in five years, expect far more people to have what amounts to robotic butlers performing a wide variety of physical tasks for them. At the same time, more basic cleaning tasks may be almost entirely left to robots. One of the key advancements here, however, will be the interface. What’s needed now is a better way to communicate with and integrate this kind of technology.
Full and Seamless Integration
True, we have devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home available right now. These smart home hubs integrate with a huge variety of other smart home tech pretty well. But what’s still missing is that critical word: Seamless. The world of smart home tech is still overrun with devices that aren’t compatible or require far too much setup time.
The hope is that within the next five years the industry will mature and develop APIs that allow all smart home devices to easily communicate with each other. If you choose your devices carefully, that’s already possible now. But we should expect something much more user-friendly.
Using Today’s Tech
Of course, with the expansion of the world of smart home devices happening more rapidly than ever, there are probably a lot of devices out there you didn’t even know existed. So before you get caught spending too much time dreaming of the future, check out what the latest smart home devices can do today.