The new year is well underway, and that means smart technology manufacturers already are revealing their plans for 2018.
January is one of my favorite months of the year. Why? Because that’s when CES happens! CES is a huge convention where all the technology manufacturers unveil their latest and greatest devices.
Now that CES 2018 is over, I’d love to talk about the smart home technology trends I’ve noticed already emerging this year – trends you might want to take advantage of in your Bellevue, WA residence!
Voice control technology already has been a quickly growing asset to smart homes over the past couple years.
Here’s some proof to back up my point: A blog I wrote a year ago: The Biggest 2016 Smart Home Trend: Voice Control.
Voice-control assistants like Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana, Google Assistant and Apple Siri all have been around for a while.
In 2017, I watched as more and more people around the world began to use these voice assistants to control their home – whether it was through integrating with their Control4 system or their other home automation systems.
So what can you expect in 2018?
The manufacturers behind the most popular voice assistants will continue to improve their artificial intelligence, meaning they’ll be able to understand more commands.
And you certainly can expect an increasing amount of smart home devices to integrate with voice control systems, so that you can control more aspects of your home through simply speaking a command.
What do you think of when someone mentions smart home installations?
Here’s what typically comes to mind, at least for me: Home automation systems, lighting control, motorized window treatments, whole-home audio video distribution systems and more.
I’m noticing a trend toward broader adoption of smart technology in another area of the home: the kitchen.
From smart refrigerators that can help you keep inventory, find recipes and even double as a TV, to smart ovens that you remotely can turn on, to intelligent ventilators and more – it’s clear that smart kitchen technology is on the rise!
Of course, you can integrate all of your smart kitchen technology into a fully connected unit – which you also can merge into an encompassing home automation system through Control4.
Several of the most prominent manufacturers revealed new TVs at CES 2018.
And there’s one common theme I noticed: TVs are becoming larger.
Samsung, Sony and LG all revealed TVs between 85 and 88 inches – adding to their inventory of ultra-sized TVs.
But those 7-foot TVs paled in comparison to Samsung’s “The Wall” – a 146-inch TV revealed at CES 2018 that utilizes MicroLED technology.
While these TVs haven’t hit the market yet, it’s clear that TV manufacturers are trending larger – meaning you’ll have more opportunities to enjoy a massive TV in your home.
For a long time, I have been an advocate of smart home security.
Not only can you have a professional monitor your house, but you also can take home surveillance into your own hands.
Thus far in 2018, it’s clear that smart home security remains a growing trend in the smart home technology industry.
New devices continually are emerging – from facial-recognition cameras to remote locks and video doorbells – meaning you always can have the newest technologies to keep you and your family safe.
Once these products are installed, you can monitor your property whether you’re at home or thousands of miles away.
While home air and water quality monitors are nothing new, manufacturers are beginning to add smart capabilities to these technologies.
That means you can have a custom push notification sent to your phone, for example, if your smart air quality sensor detects harmful chemicals like carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds or radon.
Or you can have a smart water leak sensor that automatically can shut your Bellevue or Seattle home’s water off in the event of a burst pipe or notify you in the event of a leak.
While I know these devices aren’t as “fun” to use, they could save your life and your house. Adding smart capabilities only makes them a more worthwhile investment.
If you want to learn more about any other smart home technology trends for 2018 – or you want to find out how you can have these technologies in your Bellevue home, I encourage you to reach out to my team!
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