2016 was a year many would rather forget. From the social, economic and tech world, it was a tough year.
But 2016 also had its share of important technological breakthroughs that changed how we live, work, and play. Virtual reality made a big comeback in 2016 and is sure to get even hotter this year. Virtual assistants moved out of our cell phones and into our homes, and smart home technologies may have finally broken through to the mainstream after years of trying.
So what do we expect in the new year? There’s a myriad of tech trends we’re watching that will change the world once again in 2017; here’s some of the advancements we expect might see with smart home technology.
#1 The Internet of Things has been on just about everybody’s list for years. So why hasn’t it caught on? The issue lies in interoperability. In theory, the IoT is supposed to connect all our devices together, making them sing in a glorious technological harmony. Thing is, we’re not at that point yet — at least in a usable manner, and in a way that doesn’t make you want to pull your hair out.We expect a technological breakthrough this year that will make smart home technology even more easier to adopt through IOT.
#2 Smart homes will soon become intelligent enough to distinguish between family members and guests within physical spaces and adapt to individual needs based on biometrics like fingerprints, body temperatures and even the rhythm of our own heartbeats?
We expect that as you walk through your home, a small device worn around the wrist will authenticate your identity by pairing itself to your specific heartbeat, allowing your home to automatically adjust the lighting, room temperature and play custom music based on personalized preferences and pre-configured profiles.
#3 We expect Voice assistants (personal assistants) will become more commonplace, with many additional brands hitting the market. Technology may improve to incorporate multiple users and the specific lexicons required to interact with the devices will dissolve into more natural speech.
#4 Interacting with smart home, the cars infotainment system will become commonplace.
#5 We expect integration of appliances with open platforms, such as Wink and Amazon Alexa.