The smart home has well and truly taken off. Tech news outlet TechRadar estimate that, globally, 40.3% of homes are smart enabled with most having five or more smart devices. With the uptake of smart home technology ever increasing, industry innovators are looking for new avenues through which to improve sales and influence the home even further. As a result, the tools of convenience influencing the home are becoming even more advanced.
Taking control of nutrition
Public health is set to become ever more important in the technology discussion. Two of the biggest challenges facing lawmakers are the obesity epidemic, estimated to already affect 650 million people worldwide, and the increasing resistance of bacteria to modern medicine. Smart technology already does a lot for the containment of bacteria; touchless faucets enable better safety in the kitchen and advanced tools can detect unwanted bacteria in the kitchen. When it comes to tackling obesity, multiple appliances already offer an in-depth and accurate assessment of nutrition and calorific intake. Smart fridges are even able to maintain an active inventory, allowing precise monitoring of food habits and intake.
Reforming the bathroom
The bathroom is typically the area where the least amount of technology will be detected, but minor devices are starting to take hold. According to numerous news outlets, toothbrush manufacturers including Oral-B and Phillips have started to release smart tools that will improve oral health. In Phillips case, Business Insider reports the brush can actively map the inside of your mouth and raise issues, such as major differences, or signs of common tooth conditions. The bathroom mirror is set for an overhaul, too. Bluetooth speakers have been the hallmark of mirrors for several years now, but a new prototype from former Google engineer Max Braun is set to provide a wide range of time-sensitive data that will allow the bathroom mirror to act as a home hub in its own right.
Raising the thermostat game
Smart energy meters and thermostats, such as Nest, were one of the first big stories in IoT. Managing the heat in the home and saving money as a direct result found many adherents across homes globally. The market has become congested and as a result innovation is ramping up. T3 report that the latest range of smart thermostats use AI to measure heat levels, comfort and activities, devising a plan based on the information. One idea that has been mooted is a body heat monitor that connects the thermostat with devices such as the Fitbit, typically used for boosting fitness. Instead, by providing body heat readings, the devices will work together to proactively manage house heat according to your specific needs.
The smart home is here to stay, and new innovations suggest that homes will become ever smarter. IoT connected devices will help to link together all aspects of home life, ultimately bringing more convenience and, potentially, improved health. Keep your own eyes peeled for futuristic innovations, as the sky really is the limit.