3 New Smart Home Trends For 2017
Update Your San Diego Home with These Smart Solutions
Between CEDIA and CES, two of the largest technology conventions in the world, we’ve seen a lot of exciting gadgets and solutions make their debut. Already, 2017 is showing how the smart home automation world is changing and developing at a rapid pace. While last year’s trends included 4K and wearables, this year involves voice control, smart entertainment, and complete integration—even with your car. Keep reading to learn more about what is on the horizon for your San Diego, California home in 2017.
You Can Control Your Home with Your Voice
According to Venture Beat, Amazon says it sold millions of Alexa devices over the holidays and that their sales numbers for the Echo are up nine times from last year. The Echo and Echo Dot were one of the most popular items sold by the online retailer. While this voice control device started out as a standalone product, Alexa can now be integrated into your existing smart home system—whether you have Savant or Control4. Create smart scenes with your app, like a movie scene, and then all you have to say is, “Alexa, start movie night” and your home will prepare itself for an afternoon flick. The reality is voice control is a hot item for everyone right now—whether you have a fully installed smart home or not. The consensus is we’re going to see more voice control devices and compatibility over the course of 2017.
The Home Theater is Getting Even Better
All of the buzz surrounding 4K has died down a bit, and the terms “Ultra HD” and 4K are commonplace now. LG even debuted an 8K TV at CES this year, so many are already looking to the next best thing. However, fans of home theater technology have more to look forward to than simply a higher pixel count. OLED backlighting dramatically enhances your home theater experience. The last time we had to worry about backlighting, you were choosing between LED and LCD TVs. Today, OLED (organic light emitting diode) TVs are said to be among the best looking on the shelves. Enthusiasts point to a wide color gamut and deeper blacks in the images that provide a more realistic experience. Whether manufacturers are using OLED or not, the conversation at CES 2017 was centered on this, which means you’ll likely be seeing it in your home pretty soon. The takeaway is that the best picture on your screen doesn’t come from a pixel count only—you should also consider other specifications when you’re making a new purchase.
Multi-faceted Home Integration
Ford has announced that it is teaming up with Amazon to integrate Alexa into its cars so drivers can perform all kinds of actions using their voice. They’ll be able to check the weather, add items to shopping lists and access their smart home—like controlling the lights and smart thermostat. Owners of Alexa will even be able to lock their car and start the engine from inside their house using the Echo. This kind of technology is a sign of what is ahead—complete integration. Living an electronic lifestyle won’t be confined to the home; it will enter every aspect of our lives from our vehicles and homes to our workplace and favorite vacation spots.
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