2016 Trends In Smart Home Technology

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Smart home technology has been a popular selling point among homes on the market today. In an emerging industry, agents should learn which trends in smart home technology are valuable to future homeowners, and which features are at risk of fading out.

The best smart home technology is intuitive, saves homeowners money, and contributes to a better quality of life. Along with these qualities, green homes are becoming an even bigger part of smart home technology. Biometrics, wireless and wearable technology are becoming more relevant to homeowners every day.

After reviewing the top trends in smart home technology, we’ve selected a few smart home products based on:

  • Convenience in Accessing Homes
  • Conservation and Efficiency
  • Health and Quality of Life
  • Safety

Convenience in Accessing Homes

Chamberlain MyQ

Chamberlain MyQ Garage: 

MyQ Garage lets you monitor and control your garage from any location. Once it’s installed and the free app downloaded, homeowners can receive alerts when the garage door opens or closes. There are no monthly service charges or other systems necessary. It works with most major brands of garage door openers, so there won’t be any need for further installations or upgrades.

Netamo Welcome:

Netatmo is a home camera system with facial recognition. Once a person enters the home who Netatmo recognizes, a notification is sent to the homeowner’s smartphone. Homeowners are also alerted if the camera sees a stranger. To prevent constant notifications, homeowners can control privacy settings and disable alerts if a family member enters the home.

Conservation and Efficiency

LG SmartHome

LG Smarthome ThinQ Appliances:

This app allows homeowners to chat with their smart appliances. Send a message to LG HomeChat to control and communicate appliances. Download recipes, turn on the washing machine, or control the robot vacuum cleaner all while you’re at work or at home. [photo via]

Health and Quality of Life

Nest Smoke + CO Alarm:

Nest has been around for a while, but the Nest Protect has been updated to control and monitor your smoke alarm. The alarm lasts up to a decade, and it’s the first home alarm homeowners can turn off from their phone without any other hardware required. It notifies homeowners of a current problem through alerts sent to their phone.

WallyHome

WallyHome Water Monitor:

WallyHome gets its name because it uses the walls and existing wiring of your home to create a sensor network. It monitors important parts of your home and notifies homeowners of water leaks, humidity changes, mold, and other problems that may arise undetected. Homeowners are notified by smartphone of any issues, and it also works with Nest to measure and monitor temperature in multiple locations. [photo via]

Safety

CUFF

Cuff Jewelry:

Cuff Jewelry is a wearable that looks sophisticated and acts like it too. Cuff will vibrate when someone is trying to reach you. Wearers can also send alerts to family members simply by pressing a button located on the jewelry. It’s waterproof, and will last for six to twelve months so no charging is needed. [photo via]

In the future, perhaps biometrics will take an even bigger place in smart home technology. Will our homes be able to recalibrate automatically based on when and where we spend time? One thing is guaranteed, that smart home technology can only advance and improve.