Technology has drastically changed our lives. From search engines making nearly any piece of information available in an instant to smartphones expanding our communication reach, the relationships we have with technology significantly change the way we do business, socialize and live our lives. 

In recent years, technology has started to integrate into our lives in a whole new way. Smart home tech is making homes more intelligent and making life easier for consumers. Smart home tech helps reduce our health, privacy and safety concerns as well as provide convenience in a variety of brand new ways. In fact, smart technology can solve a variety of pesky household issues for consumers

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Human Needs Fulfilled By Smart Tech

It’s classic business. Smart tech is designed to solve consumer problems, and in some cases problems consumers didn’t know they had. From connectivity to control, smart technologies help consumers live worry-free lives. A classic example is Google Maps.

Google Maps, a trusted geographic web-service, has made consumers confident with their travels. Instead of memorizing street signs and learning how to read a paper map, Google Maps made consumer lives more connected and convenient. 

Connectivity

Connectivity is one human need revealed by smart technology. Apple is an excellent example of a company that connects their smart products. For example, Apple’s customers are able to utilize iMessage, a texting software, on a MacBook, iPad, iPhone or Apple Watch. 

Why do we prefer connected devices? One reason is it allows us to think less about ways to transfer or send information. It also allows us to view the same information on a variety of devices throughout the world, without the fear of hackers or comprised data.

Convenience

A slightly more obvious need exposed by smart technology is convenience. Think about your day-to-day. Would you prefer spending two hours running errands at multiple stores or one hour at one store? Many people would answer one hour at one store. 

This philosophy applies to smart technology. For example, a kitchen app that recommends meals based on dietary restrictions. Instead of having to search for a recipe, your kitchen can identify recipes based on your needs. This can help save you valuable time while still allowing you to reach your health goals.

Control

Although we value convenience and connectivity, an entirely automated life isn’t what most people want. Generally, people want to feel in control of their decisions. Smart tech that simplifies tedious tasks and provides people information can help consumers make more informed decisions. 

An example of smart tech that communicate our need for control is home monitoring systems. These systems help us stay informed on pets behaviors and unknown activity in our homes which can give us peace of mind while we are away.

Smart Home Tech Examples

Smart home technology supports a variety of home functions including entertainment, utilities, security and health. Read on for an example from each of these four categories. 

Lifx

Starting with utilities, Lifx creates Wi-Fi controlled LED smart lights. Whether you’re a college student looking to bring that “cool” factor to your apartment or a sports car collector aiming to create a more sleek showroom, Lifx essentially establishes moods for rooms. These smart lights are produced in a wide variety of colors, which also connect to other devices such as Nest and Google Assistant. Say goodbye to boring garage fluorescent lighting and hello to sunset gradients. 

Lifx allows consumers to create a unique experience in every room of their home. While they are inexpensive and have a small industry impact, this smart home technology has had a huge impact on the interior design industry. 

Cocoon

From the security perspective, Cocoon is a home smart technology that pinpoints disruptions in peoples’ homes. Similarly to Lifx, Cocoon is a WiFi controlled system. Instead of having bulky system with endless wires, Cocoon provides no additional clutter and multi-room security for users with ease. 

Through a process Cocoon calls “sound signature,” this technology is able to differentiate a pet from a home intruder. Artificial intelligence enables Cocoon to study how a consumer’s home behaves, which improves the system’s overall effectiveness. Instead of receiving endless smartphone alerts of your pet passing by, Cocoon knows when unusual activity occurs making all your alerts important. 

Sleepace

When it comes to health, many people neglect to address their sleeping behaviors. Sleepace is a smart home technology that specializes in bedding, baby monitors and elderly care. The smart bedding connects to Wi-Fi and monitors items such as heart rate, breath rate, sleep cycle and body movement. Through this data collection Sleepace can analyze an individual’s sleep quality and recommend sleep advice. 

Sleepace removes a bothersome heart rate device from the picture further increasing quality of sleep. Some people rely on Sleepace to minimize stress and get more sleep as a new parent. An abnormal heart rate alarm is designed into Sleepace’s baby monitor, which can alert parents of any potential health problems with their newborns. 

Innit

When’s the last time you stuck to your grocery list? Food samples and weekly deals can persuade consumers to add a few items to their shopping list. Often more time than we’d like these products end up wasted.

Innit is a smart technology for the kitchen that supports users in meal scheduling. The technology encourages consumers to factor in dietary needs and appliances available to filter recipes specific to the individual. Furthermore, creating a “food profile” allows users to address their likes and allergies. This makes Innit a one stop shop for recipe searching. Consumers no longer have to waste food or time flipping through recipes. 

Smart Home Tech Predictions

Smart home technologies such as Innit, Sleepace, Cocoon and Lifx are just the beginning of home technologies. These companies make consumers lives more connected, convenient and controlled. 

What’s next for home technologies? Smart kitchen devices are a popular trend expected to flourish in the future. A couple product examples are a Behmor Brewer and GeniCan. The Behnmor Brewer is a coffee maker that connects with Amazon Echo. This allows consumer to ask Alexa to start their morning coffee through voice. 

GeniCan is a barcode scanner for your trashcan paired with Amazon Dash. GeniCan scans what items you throw away automatically adding them to an Amazon Dash grocery list. This could mean no more trips to the grocery store and never forgetting an item. 

As technology advances and becomes smarter, so do our homes. Ultimately, finding a balance that’s right for you is key. Identify what your pain points are and adopt home technologies that help you live an easier, happier life.

Check out the infographic from the team at The Zebra to get the inside scoop on the top smart home startups disrupting the industry, and what you’ll see next in smart homes everywhere.