The world has been in an ever-increasing vortex of technological revolution that consistently proves its value and its efficiency. One of the areas of everyday life that is seeing the most revolutionary innovations in technology lately is the home. It is no secret, and not a new concept, that home technology has been improving over the years, but it is only over the last few years that it has really begun to burst into fruition in the most uplifting, evolutionary ways imaginable. And the stage is set to only get brighter, more fun, and more compact than anything we have yet seen. In years past, home technology has often been executed using less-than-subtle designs, leading to the effect of many homeowners going out of their way to hide such devices in and behind other products in the home. We are currently existing in an entirely unique era, one that is transitioning seemingly effortlessly into a future where we not only are proficient with technology, but increasingly reliant. Home technology is going to have the biggest impact of all technological innovations, and we are only now seeing the early beginnings of what is sure to be a legendary transformation.
Ten years ago, controlling the home’s lighting system via voice control or an inbuilt app on one’s phone was an impossibility, but today that is just scraping the surface of what home technology is capable of – now, and in the future. Today, we are seeing increasingly impressive technical introductions to the home – the issue is that we are so used to constant innovation in the field that it seems relatively easy to procure such advancements when, in reality, it is not simple at all. Seemingly simply innovations like supreme windows installation that save the average homeowner in Canada up to 20% on their energy bills annually, to wireless phone charging points designed into pieces of furniture, are the gateway to future innovations that are, frankly, set to blow the minds of even the most technically-proficient individuals.
AI and smart technology function with the sole goal of delivering convenience to the home owner, on an unparalleled level. The basic rule of thumb for any innovation is that if one can and does control and have power over the operating system, they have complete control over the system in its entirety. This holds true of any innovation humankind is responsible for – vehicles, electricity, fresh produce, even the very buildings and cities that we exist in. Therefore, systems – past, present, and future – are reliant on us just as much, if not more, than we are them.
While now we are already seeing the implementation of apps that can control lighting and music in the home, in the future we are going to find ourselves having home technology such as AI-powered systems that assist us with anything around the house, from cooking in the kitchen and cleaning the floors, to monitoring security in and around the home and from afar via real-time video surveillance, effectively transmitting the live feed directly into the palms of homeowner’s hands as they sit at work.
The future of home technology looks quite bright, there are no two ways about it. Nonetheless, the true test of home technology advancement will be how the companies in the playing field go from designing and creating home technology devices that function solely as their own product, to creating home tech products that can be used in seamless alignment with other companies within the industry. There are many past and present that are prime examples of this ideal, but perhaps one of the most prolific is the modern mobile phone. Apple and Samsung are the two tech companies at the top of the peak in mobile development, and while they each function with entire systems built specifically to connect seamlessly with other devices from the same company (either Apple or Samsung), both have the ability to at the very least function moderately well with devices of opposing tech giants. An individual can own, for example, a Samsung android smartphone and an Apple smart watch and use both in jolted, fractured harmony, whereas another individual who owns an iPhone and an Apple smart watch can use the two devices in perfect alignment and harmony with one another.
The same can be said for home technology devices such as Apple TV or Google Chrome. The future of home technology relies heavily on key companies adjusting their product lines to be more universally adaptive. The likelihood that someone is going to wire their entire home with home technology products and devices from the same company is very unlikely, even more so when one takes into account cost and personal requirements – we purchase things that cater to both needs, not simply for the sake of having them align with one another in perfect harmony.
Home technology has proven over and over that it is the core of the future of everyday life. Seemingly simple innovations like applications that control lighting and music have changed the way that we interact with and exist in our homes, and with technological advancements such as AI and appliance improvements, the stage is set to only get bigger, better, ad brighter than ever before. The generations that exist right now do so in an entirely unique era of the human race – the transition from being tech-proficient to tech-reliant. This legendary transformation is happening right now, and the best is yet to come.