The Smart Home
Smart home technology has made huge strides over the last few years with no end in sight. Today there are controllers and sensors for just about every part of the home that can be controlled via a smartphone or tablet app. Door locks. lighting, heating and cooling, audio systems, security cameras, motion detection to name a few.
Smart major appliances like washer/dryers and refrigerators are also becoming widely available. Companies like Whirlpool and LG are making it possible to connect with your major appliances. This multi-billion dollar market is enjoying continued growth with no end in sight. A Smart trash can is one of the most popular smart gadgets that can make your life more convenient.
According to Statista’s Digital Market Outlook, “the five largest markets for smart home technology are currently the United States, Japan, Germany, China, and the United Kingdom, with the U.S. leading the pack both in terms of revenue and household adoption. There are currently 4.6 million smart homes in the United States, a number that is expected to increase fivefold by 2020.”
Many manufacturers and developers of Smart Home technology will be in attendance at the Consumer Electronics Show here in Las Vegas in January 2016. We will be covering the show and reporting what we find in regards to companies using Apple’s HomeKit to make their products accessible from iPhones, iPads, and even Apple Watch in some cases.
Scalage, Honeywell, Ecobee Smart Wi-Fi Thermostats, Phillips, MyQ garage opener, Incipio Power Strips, iHome, iDevices are just a few of the companies utilizing Apple’s HomeKit.
With the release of the new Apple TV this week comes confirmation that the AppleTV can/will serve as a hub for your SmartHome devices and includes Siri integration and secure pairing. Controlling Smart Home devices in your home with Siri commands only requires that the Apple TV and iOS devices are connected to the Internet. So instead of opening your iPhone and launching an app, you just need to say “Hey Siri….”
This is truly an exciting time we live in.