Home Automation 2014: The Year in Smart Trend

Home Automation 2014: The Year in Smart Trend


Home automation has a young but rapidly evolving history. With more industry players entering the fold and more options than ever before, there’s still plenty to be written before we bind and seal the book on home automation.

Just this past year, we’ve seen a swell of crowdfunded gadgets and high-profile companies hop into the field. If you’re renovating your home, here are the latest home automation trends you’ll want to keep in mind for your new-look household:

  • Voice control has risen in popularity, as home automation developers have been able to fine-tune the technology to be more accommodating and responsive than ever before. While in past years voice control has been seen as a hollow feature, manufacturers are making it far more helpful and user-friendly. The idea of speaking to your thermostat or front door might sound a little odd, but it’s not long before it becomes commonplace.
  • Low-profile systems are a big hit for homeowners who want to preserve the look of their home. If you’re introducing some light renovations and don’t want to lose your household ambiance, look into some of the smaller home automation devices like wall outlets and power switches. The Ninja Block features a tiny, one-piece control center that encourages camouflaged home management.
  • Build-your-own automation has grown to be a reality over the course of 2013. Some companies produce products as small and pliable as custom power strips. Others are introducing products that double as home automation systems and home security systems. The point is, an informed consumer shouldn’t have any trouble finding his or her way around the market to pick and choose the gadgets that work best for them.
  • Home service integration is taking off – it’s more than just home security companies that are getting into the mix. Cable providers, HVAC companies, telecoms and tech companies are all out to integrate automation services into their lineup. It remains to be seen whether or not all these products will live up to their marketing.
  • The Internet of things may be the catchphrase of the year, but it couldn’t be more appropriate for the automation industry. As we continue on, manufacturers will continue to create more sophisticated devices that collect data and use it to optimize utility. For example, some automation systems already employ the Internet of things framework to connect household light fixtures, so consumers can control them via smartphone from miles away.

Big opportunities for the modern renovator

Whether you’re committing to a total overhaul or you’re just retouching a few areas, home automation can be a big part of a modern renovation. Once you get under way, start sizing up how you could include an automation system in your new home setup.

Pretty much everything you need to know is right online. Home automation systems can totally revolutionize the way your home operates, but they’re surprisingly easy to research and install.
Read up on the most current devices, and get a strong handle on where you could use some extra assistance. Before you know it, you’ll point yourself toward an automation system that fits your new home perfectly.

Evelyn Clark is a home technology writer interested in how technology shapes, transforms, and improves the way we live. Her latest project has been working with www.SecurityCompanies.com to educate consumers on security and home automation options.



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