It’s a new year, bringing fresh and exciting smart home technology developments. The ever-expanding industry has no way of knowing what this year will bring. But we can make some informed assumptions based on where it is today and what we’ve seen at CES 2022 so far.
Robotics and Autonomy
In the smart home sector, domestic robots are getting a lot of attention, regardless of whether we’re ready for it or not. Robots that can do chores around the house, such as vacuuming and mopping, are appreciated. On the other hand, some people find the notion a little creepy.
Amazon’s Astro and Ring’s Always Home Cam will certainly gain fame due to this. The Bee, an autonomous home security drone, will be released by Sunflower Labs in 2020. With its built-in home security capabilities, Samsung’s JetBot AI+ is a closer match to a house robot than many other vacuum cleaners on the market today.
In the home security industry, it’s just a matter of time until other businesses begin developing solutions to compete with them. This year will undoubtedly get us closer to the day when a robot can dust your china cabinet.
Sensors With Better Intelligence
For a smart home to function, it needs sensors. Your home’s security cameras and lighting both use motion sensors to detect movement. In addition to glass break sensors, CO2 and smoke sensors are a must for all homes, smart or not. The issue is that many of these sensors are cumbersome or have a specialized function.
For instance, consider the Ecobee motion sensor. Even though it’s a little gadget, it still has to be placed in the right place to detect motion. In addition to reducing the amount of clutter in your house, more advanced sensors allow you to get more out of your smart gadgets. Using sensors to determine whether or not a space is occupied is a critical component.
An occupancy sensor can tell if a person is in a room by detecting their presence or absence. Sleep sensors like those included in the Nest Hub. It tracks how well you slept during the night, are expected to become common in the next year.
More Efficient Use of Energy and Greater Capacity For Recycling
We’ve already discussed the issue of e-waste in today’s culture. It’s impossible to reuse or recycle many of the components in technology. The quantity of trash produced daily must be reduced.
Since Apple has been leading the drive in this area, they have been pushing for nearly complete recycling. To that end, Google has made a significant effort and plans to incorporate recycled materials in its Made by Google products by 2022.
Recycled materials are becoming increasingly common in goods. Firms are getting on board with the trend by making it simpler for outdated equipment to be reused or traded for rewards points rather than thrown away.
Although convenience is a major driver of smart home technology, home security is more important. It’s part of the very nature of the smart home. The Nest Hub Max and the Echo Show 15 include a built-in camera. Echo devices with Alexa Guard can detect the sounds of broken glass, beeping appliances and more. Some security cameras can even detect fire.
With a robust home security system, you can’t overestimate the sense of safety you’ll feel. You can keep an eye on your pets while you’re at work. You can see when your kids return home from school or when a shipment is delivered to your doorstep. It is possible due to security cameras. Alexa Smart Responses allow smart video doorbells like the Ring to operate as virtual butlers.
Tracking and managing one’s health
Smart home technology can enhance our health as we spend more time at home and remote work becomes more common. One key way it already achieves this is through sleep technology, which is expected to increase in the coming year. It is possible to have a better night’s sleep with the help of smart beds, which may even detect sleep problems you didn’t know you had.
For those who aren’t familiar with it, smart home technology has the potential to help you live longer and healthier lives. Toto presented a concept for a smart toilet at CES 2021. It analyzes your feces and makes dietary suggestions depending on what it found. For the time being, it’s only an idea, but this and other concepts like it are being studied and will most likely be implemented by the year 2022.
Sensors that track your sleep may (theoretically, at least) be used to monitor your posture and remind you to sit up straight, inform you when to get up and move about, and much more. When it comes to cooking, smart kitchen gadgets already make it easier for people to find nutritious recipes and eliminate much of the guesswork involved. As more and more features become accessible, the year 2022 might be when the smart home revolutionizes our lives by making us all healthier.
Forget that smart home technology is still a baby. If smart home firms embrace the metaverse concept, this technology will advance exponentially in the next few decades. Advances and innovations are sure to be made in the upcoming year, especially as businesses continue to recover and catch up following the slowdowns caused by the pandemic in 2020 and 2021.