When it comes to smart homes, it’s mainly about integration, such as linking a speaker to a phone or tablet so you can control your music or radio menus.
More and more of us are bringing smart devices and appliances into our homes as it’s no longer the preserve of the wealthy to be able to control your thermostat while you’re still coming home from work. In fact, things are set to get smarter with these next five trends coming in.
Smart fridges are going to do much more than just keep your groceries cool, they’ll be telling you what needs to be replaced, whether that meat’s a bit dodgy and even suggesting recipes based on what’s inside them. Some models will let you browse inside them without even opening the door with the help of touchscreens.
We all know not to bring too much tech into the bedroom, but just enough can help you to sleep much better. Sleep tracking apps and smart mattresses can control the temperature of your bed for you and wake you up at the right point in your sleep cycle to have you feeling alert and ready.
We’re not quite at the point where these gadgets and apps are mainstream, or even widely-known, but we’ll soon have baths that will run themselves for you – at the optimum temperature, of course. You can even programme customised aromatherapy scents to relax, invigorate or pamper you.
Smart living rooms
There may be no such thing as sitting in front of the TV soon, with the screen as the focal point of the room. The layout of your living room is set to change with a TV that’s hidden until you use a button or phrase, when a projector will pop up from somewhere and turn a wall or ceiling into a screen.
There’s more of a need for smart business apps and devices as more of us are working from home and need more connectivity. Devices and apps that help freelancers take payments at home or on the hoof will become more prevalent, as well as chatbots that can often cut the time spent waiting in phone queues.