7 Smart Homes technology trends for 2015.
1. Reliable internet in every corner of your smart home with Li-Fi.
Light Wifi or “Li-Fi” will become the future of connecting online. Basically, it’s WiFi, but using visible light across your home, encoded in a high-frequency flicker. LiFi can be built into LED light bulbs and a number of companies are currently in the process of commercializing the technology for mass use.
“Worldwide industry demand for this product shows that LiFi is viewed as a transformative technology that can change the way we use the mobile Internet and be an enabler of the emerging Internet of Things,” Harald Haas, inventor of LiFi, told an industry conference recently.
Li-Fi gets around a number of issues with Wifi, including limited capacity, speeds and connectivity issues. Li-Fi is currently used in commercial airlines, by intelligence agencies and in some public places in Europe, Asia and North America. The technology is extremely secure.
If all goes well, LiFi is set to become the norm in homes in the next few years, replacing WiFi in our homes with LED LiFi.
More from The Next Web.
2. Talking to Your Home via Your SmartPhone
Nest, Samsung and Apple and smaller tech firms like Nucleus and Ubi will introduce new systems to allow you to communicate with your home, using smartphone or tablet devices, with active voice commands.
Talk to your lamps or lights, robot cleaner or tell your appliances to switch off to energy saving mode without having to go anywhere in your home.
3. More Smart Stuff In Your Home: More Smart Fridges, Smart Washing Machines, Smart Dishwashers and Smart TVs
The fastest growing segments of ‘Smart Homes’ in Australia, fridges that can order more milk when you’re about to run out, or TV’s that can hook up to IPTV for instant downloads and streaming are becoming very common in all of our homes.
With prices coming down fast, both smart TV’s and fridges are becoming affordable for the vast Aussie middle class. In 2015, Australian’s will have access to new lines of products including intelligent washing devices, allowing you to monitor for convenience and to keep routines up.
Also in 2015, up to 40% of Australian homes will own a smart TV. The NBN will accellarate the update of Smart TV’s and fridges.
4. Décor-Friendly Gadgets
Gadgets that fit into your interior design strategy – personalized and customized design colors and features from mass produced products.
Amazon recently launched a store dedicated to quality design in smart home products. Interior designers of the future will need to know as much about technology, integration as much as traditional techniques.
5. Automated Door Locks.
Smart doors that know when your about to walk in the door, or about to walk our, are going to become common place.
Most automated door locks work on bluetooth and can also be controlled via a smartphone app. Others let you simply place your hand for finger print recognition. Other locks also come with the ability to hand out e-keys to users of smartphones. Most smartlocks also allow you to use a traditional key in case of failure.
More on the future of ‘Smart Locks’ here.
7. Smart Homes Culture & Attitudes
Society’s attitudes toward more technological control is going to have to change, and with more robots, more gadets and more reliablity on smartphones and ‘internet of things’ connected devices, we’re going to become more comfortable with buying, installing and using daily our smart homes technology.