Smart technology is on the rise, permeating every aspect of modern life.
Whether it is something as simple as a smartphone or watch, or a more intricate system of home technology linking into the Internet of Things, it is likely you will be influenced by it at some point this year. The Indian smart home market is now the fourth largest in the world, with 13.15m homes that can be classed as smart homes, taking an 8% share of the global device market. This trend can be seen across the world with Swedish research firm Berg Insight predicting that 63 million American homes will qualify as “smart” by 2022. In the UK, reports show that 23% of households have at least one smart item.
So what is a smart home, you may well ask? In a guide to a smart homes by HomeServe, they explain how devices connect to each other to give you full control over a range of services and gadgets which improve your quality of life. As we examined in our article Decor Your Living Room with These Smart Gadgets, there are so many cool devices you can get for your home, such as wireless speakers and a smart faucet, which could save you 15,000 gallons of water per year. Those are both cool options which will help revolutionise the way you live, but what comes next? What wonders will the smart home of 2021 have included?
We have picked some of the most exciting that you may want to investigate over the next 12 months.
Outdoor Smart Plugs
Smart plugs have been around for a while, allowing you to not only control the power to appliances but also monitor their energy usage. In 2021, you may want to check out the outdoor Wi-Fi smart plugs on offer. These are weatherproof outdoor power sockets, usually equipped with a couple of outlets, which can be used to control exterior lighting or maybe pond pumps. They also usually boast a USB charging port and can be linked to Alexa, Google Assistant and other such devices.
The Economic Times explains how home security is a key element of India’s smart home market, and that may extend beyond simple cameras on the outside of the home. You can have a camera system linked to your smartphone that will provide full coverage inside and outside the home, giving you constant peace of mind. In 2021, the use of drones for larger properties is also likely to be a growing trend. A smart drone can fly inside your house, or around the exterior, providing a 24-hour security guard service that links to your devices. Some models will even set off on their journey if they sense movement in certain areas, meaning your property is fully monitored even when you are not there.
Smart watches have monitored sleep patterns for a few years now, but what better way to get a complete picture of your sleeping habits than with a smart mattress? A Sleep Number 360 smart bed is a big investment, running at $4,300 (₹340,000), but it is right at the forefront of cutting-edge sleep technology. It delivers sleep trends and health metrics directly to your phone, as well as helping you manage your sleep patterns and advise how you can rest easier.
Even your bathroom scales are becoming part of the smart home revolution. The Wyze scales connect directly to your smartphone and track 12 different metrics to help you lose weight. That includes monitoring BMI, body fat and water percentage and protein level. They are not expensive either, coming it at under $30 (₹2100), making them essential in your battle against the bulge.