What is the latest in “smart home” technology? [partner]

In many ways, development in technology is a battle for integration. Connecting our phones to our watches, laptops, cars, televisions and just about anything else is the name of the game.

However, in recent years, many companies have been working to get us close to something new — total home integration through “smart home” technologies.

With that in mind, here are a few of the latest trends on the smart home market.

Home security    

While security systems and movement sensors have been around for decades, the most modern incarnations of this technology are able to do some remarkable things. While typical security sensors rely on yesteryear tech such as infrared light for their motion sensors, new innovations have emerged. Security sensors from companies like Aura, out of California, don’t use the infrared system but, rather, have developed sensors that detect interruptions or irregularities in the wireless transmissions running through a home. This way it is able to tell the difference between parents, children, pets or mechanical objects such as robotic vacuums and sweepers.

Voice control

While home features like Alexa have already set the groundwork for what smart homes will be like for some time to come, voice-activated appliances are always advancing. This year, many companies have integrated microphone systems into their appliances. Alexa, Google Assistant, and even Siri (which had until very recently been out of the running due to a general unwillingness to license with outside companies) are all striving to connect home appliances through the internet. Features such as smart thermostats and light switches are already making waves on the market with voice control.

Further integration  

From turning the heat down while you’re on your way home, to starting another cycle on the washing machine without leaving the couch, to meal prepping for a family with a tech-integrated fridge, smart appliances are all about having the ability to access each room of your house remotely. In terms of safety, companies like Nest offer ways to view remotely from your phone any appliances that are running in your home at all times — and even can have your smoke detectors automatically turn off your oven if they are alerted.

With the boundaries always being pushed, smart homes are undeniably the wave of future when it comes to homebuilding. These features are always improving and advancing to offer more convenience and safety at home.   

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