The Rise of the Smart Home: Take This Quiz to Find Out if You’re an Early Adopter

by Kelly SchwarzeMay 30, 2016

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Designing your dream home in 2016 has as much to do with tech as it does with room layouts, cozy couches, and the perfect curtains. The modern house doesn’t just meet the latest fashion standards; it also has major brains.

Step into today’s high tech home and it’ll recognize when you were last there, and optimize to your every preference as you walk through its rooms and hallways. Most importantly, this technology is shaping a world where our homes no longer allow us to waste valuable energy.

So what gadgets should you consider investing in? Read on to find out about categories of smart home technology have already begun to transform the way we live in our homes, then take our quiz to find out how you should incorporate smart home system into your life!

Security

Security gadgets dominate the home tech market, with everything from Wi-Fi-enabled video cameras to keyless door locks. New digital smart locks allow the homeowner to issue countless “keys” in the form of codes that guests like a dog walker or weekend visitor can enter. And unlike complicated security systems that require a team of installers, smart security cameras can be placed almost anywhere and are easy to install out of the box. They also provide mobile notifications should anything be amiss at home, and are a great way of checking in on a pet during the day or confirming that your child came straight home after practice.
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Lighting

While The Clapper may have been the ‘90s answer to home automation, today there are lamps that can be turned on with a smartphone, or even programmed to turn on when it senses your car entering your garage. You can also find programmable LED lights with hundreds of color schemes that you can adjust based on the ambiance you’d like to create at home.

Heating and Cooling

Years ago, thermostats were that annoying thing on the wall that no one knew how to work and rarely seemed to heat or cool our houses properly. That is, until a company called Nest came around and redesigned both the look of a thermostat and its functionality. Now thermostats are designed to work with a home’s internet connection so that residents can monitor and control their home’s temperature from anywhere in the world.

Entertainment

Instead of being tethered to a cable box, smart TVs that stream entertainment services are becoming the focal point of an entertainment room. Remote controls offer voice activation so viewers can find the exact show they’re looking for without scrolling endlessly. Devices like the Amazon Echo can be synced to use as speakers or function as the central knowledge hub of the house. Looking for weather updates or your team’s score? Ask that gadget on your console table.

So What’s Next?

When it comes to entertainment, tech companies are working furiously to move beyond flat screens. Virtual reality headset tools are being developed for everything from seeing how your interior design ideas come together to “walks” around the set of the latest blockbuster film. As home entertainment continues to advance, so will household appliances. In coming years, look for refrigerators that notify your phone when you’re out of a certain grocery item and washing machines that can be started with an app.

What may seem trivial or silly today can quickly develop into must-have, standard-issue technology. Are you an early adopter or late to the party? Take this quiz to discover your smart home era.


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