It’s no secret that the smart home industry is growing at the fastest rate yet. According to various reports, the industry will be worth around a whopping $160 billion by 2023.
These reports also suggest that over 300 million homes across the globe will have at least one smart gadget installed by the same year. While digital voice assistants have been the most popular smart gadgets out there, other devices are also catching up.
Devices such as smart locks, smart plugs, smart thermostats, smart doorbells, smart cameras, among many others, are proving worthy. For this reason, it’s only right that we expect more trends to grace 2021 and improve comfort for homeowners.
Here are some of the smart home trends you can look out for in 2021.
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New Smart Home Connection Standards
Connectivity is undoubtedly the most important aspect of all smart home devices and appliances. For this reason, 2021 is likely to bring along even better connection alternatives while also improving on the existing ones.
The smart home world is currently connected with many connection standards. From Bluetooth, Z-Wave, Zigbee to Wi-Fi, different smart devices use these connection technologies.
Some of the manufacturers of different smart home devices have shifted focus to smart hubs. This move aims at providing more centralized management and control of these devices. But, for some homeowners, this move still doesn’t solve some of the main connectivity issues.
For this reason, smart home technology giants such as Google, Amazon, and Apple have come together to provide a lasting solution. These companies are working on availing of smart home products powered with a more inclusive technology.
This project which has been named Matter and it will ensure better compatibility and incorporate DIY technology. With Matter smart home devices, homeowners won’t have to worry about the compatibility of the smart devices they buy.
Rather, they will have the freedom to buy smart home devices based on their functionalities and quality.
Improved Smart Lighting
Smart lighting is the center stage of any smart home. This explains why tech giants are developing better ways to improve how people light their homes. But, with the current uncertainty about global environment and climate, we need more creative solutions for this front.
In 2021, we’re expecting to see more improved applications and integrations of smart lighting. For example, it is expected that smart lights will be integrated with smart home devices such as smart locks.
This combination means that the functions of the smart locks will influence how the smart lights respond. If the smart locks open, this will also turn on the lights. In 2021, the newest smart lighting technology will also be unveiled. This technology works by integrating smart lights with entertainment devices to make your home even livelier.
With this technology, the music you’re playing, movies and video games will be in sync with your lighting. This technology is bound to create the perfect mood and scene whenever you’re playing your music or watching your favorite movie.
Improved Consumer Privacy and Security
One of the biggest concerns among those who have moved to smart homes or planning to is privacy. Everyone wants to know how these manufacturers will use their personal data and why. Over the years, there have been many cases of manufacturers using homeowners without their consent.
In 2021, we’re likely to see different manufactures collecting less information from the users. Also, some of the key players in the smart home industry have promised users enhanced security protocols.
This translates to stricter authentication and encryption processes to cut the chances of data breaches. Homeowners will also have more control when it comes to deciding which information they can disclose or not.
Automation Technology in the Real Estate World
Another trend in 2021 is that the real estate sector and most multifamily dwellings will embrace smart home technology. We’ll likely see most of the smart home devices and technologies been present in these homes.
When taking that apartment tour, you’ll likely be looking for devices such as smart locks, smart thermostats and voice assistants. These devices will be something that most tenants or prospective homeowners will be looking for before they assign the agreement.
Landlords and home sellers will need to invest more in this technology and devices to stay ahead of the competition.
2021 is shaping up to be another monumental year in the automation industry. While the year progresses, we’re likely to see even more improvements and introductions that will make smart homes everyone’s dream.