Remember when the only remote control you had at home was your TV clicker?
Technology rules. We love it. We hate it. We’re addicted to it. In the workplace we may even be a slave to it. In the home, however, technology is our new best friend.
For years we’ve been searching for and inventing ways to make daily chores faster and easier, but we’re way past that! Systems and technologies developed for today’s homes address all sorts of wants, needs, and concerns from the basics to … you name it:
- Energy management
- Entertainment systems
- Wireless telecommunications
- Independent living
- Enhanced convenience
Wireless telecommunications/data systems remain at the top of the list, and green technology continues to grow in popularity.
We now have ovens that can be controlled via smart phone, refrigerators capable of streaming music, and everything from smart locks to smart thermostats that allow for remote monitoring and control of your home. With increasing demand, prices continue to drop on some of the technologies highest in demand.
A widely accepted expectation has been that smart home technology would become mainstream by the year 2020, but it’s happening much faster. According to a survey conducted by Coldwell Banker, the time is now, in the year 2016.
This “Smart Home Marketplace Survey” revealed that close to half of American home owners either already own smart home technology or plan to invest in it during 2016. Some other interesting conclusions we can draw from those survey results include:
- As more and more people are expressing interest in smart home technology, in some cases it may help a home sell faster.
- Smart entertainment is considered the entry level technology, but it is not considered a top attracting factor for buyers.
- The most important factors for buyers are pre-installed systems related to security and temperature control.
- Potential buyers care far less (or not at all) about smart entertainment.
- Perhaps surprisingly, energy management and some other types of smart systems are being installed more by age groups over 65 than by the 18 to 34 Millennials group.
Another category that is of little or no help in selling your home is that of smart appliances. You have to wonder if one reason is that some of the control capabilities available range from “kind of strange” to “possibly useless”. For example, when you’re away from home, why do you need your washing machine to send an alert to your phone telling you your clothes have finished washing and are ready for the dryer?
But then, there are also some incredibly helpful appliances, and one that is due out this spring is the Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator. Its built-in touch screen has some impressive capabilities. You can use it for everything from a TV to watch cooking shows while you’re in the kitchen to writing notes to the kids to displaying photos (no more frig magnets needed!).
Hands down, though, the most amazingly useful feature of this frig comes from its 3 interior cameras. That’s right, you can be standing in the supermarket wondering if you’re out of milk, and just use your smart phone to look inside your frig at home to see.
That barely touches the high points. For lots more details and some great photos you can check out this article by PCMag, Samsung’s Family Hub Fridge Could Be the First Truly Smart Appliance.