7 Smart-Home Technologies You Need To Know (Video)

Written by Posted On Friday, 17 January 2014 18:17


Smart-home technology is part of the “Internet of Things” - the connection and communication of objects through the web. The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas featured some amazing and exciting smart-home technologies. Google recently announced it’s buying smart-device company Nest for 3.2 billion. In the not-so-distant future, more “things” will be on the internet than people. 31 billion devices are projected to be connected by 2020 (Intel).   

Smart homes are the future of the real estate market. Homebuyers, homeowners, and agents need to familiarize themselves with the technology to successfully navigate buying and selling a smart home.

What can we expect to see in future smart homes? 

Check out these 7 smart-home technologies: 

1) Goji Smart Lock: The Goji Smart Lock enables remote access to your front door from anywhere in the world through your smartphone. Lock and unlock your door and securely send access to other people with “virtual keys”. The app also provides real-time information about who is accessing your home. The lock’s camera will snap a visitor’s photo and alert your smartphone. The device can be used with electronic Bluetooth fobs. The first apps will be available for iPhone and Android in March. 

2) LG Homechat: Send texts to smart appliances. Ask the fridge, “Do we have juice?”, or ask for an update on the status of the laundry. Homechat is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, and other smartphone platforms. LG is planning to integrate other messenger services and offering more languages along with the current English and Korean settings.

3) Samsung’s Smart-home App: Samsung’s smartphones and smart TVs will be turning on the AC, lights, appliances, and more later this year. Appliances will have cameras enabling real-time monitoring while you’re away from home. 

4) Nest: The smart-device company has been getting much attention when Google announced it was buying the company. Nest currently sells a smart thermostat and a smart smoke and carbon-monoxide detector. 

5) Whirlpool Interactive Cooktop: Cook your dinner, check the weather, find recipes, and share your photos with Whirlpool’s interactive cooktop. Look for this integrative technology within the next 5 years. 

6) Piper: Home security and automation device with panoramic views of your home. Environmental sensors, smart doors and windows, customized security, and Z-Wave home automation are packaged in one, compact device. Available on Android and iOS smartphones. 

7) Belkin Crockpot Smart Slow Cooker: Change temperature and cooking time from your smartphone. Belkin also plans to roll out smart light bulbs, air purifiers and coffee makers. The crockpot is expected to be available this spring.

How smart is your home?

What smart-home technologies are you most excited about?

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