Latest Smart-Home Tech For 2018

Posted: Jan 8 2018, 11:57am CST | by , in News | Technology News

Latest Smart-Home Tech for 2018
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With 2018 well underway, it's time to make sense of all the smart gadgetry introduced last year and figure out what works for you and your home.

With 2018 well underway, it's time to make sense of all the smart gadgetry introduced last year and figure out what works for you and your home. There are gadgets for nearly every room in the house, and even some that are meant specifically for outlying buildings — so you shouldn't have any trouble finding the tech that best suits your needs.

Voice Activation

More and more consumers are going hands-free around the home. Devices like Amazon's Alexa and Echo let you control nearly everything — from lighting levels to queuing up your favorite music tracks — with the sound of your voice. You can even place orders through the intelligent hub.

If you'd rather not use Amazon's device, both Google and Apple offer similar products.

Home Surveillance

Surveillance systems were once reserved strictly for businesses and the estates of the extremely wealthy. Thanks to vast advances in consumer technology over the past few years, these systems are now commonplace in residences and establishments of all types.

Modern surveillance hardware also benefits from numerous features, including the ability to record in high-definition video, options for streaming video to your laptop or smartphone and much more. Not only are these security systems offering their protection to more homes than ever before, but they're providing homeowners with more flexibility and features when planning their security protocol.

Garage Doors

Smart garage doors provide a straightforward and effective means of upgrading any additional buildings on your property, including pole barns, large storage sheds and garage doors. Not only do they help with your weatherproofing needs, but they can provide an additional layer of security between your personal belongings and any would-be thieves. When coupled with smart connectivity, garage doors are also more convenient than ever before.

Before upgrading your existing garage doors, it's important to make sure they work properly and that they're compatible with modern smart technology. If any parts are damaged or worn, such as the torsion springs, extension springs or any other hardware, you'll want to repair or replace them before proceeding with your upgrade. A smart garage door opener isn't going to be worth anything if the door doesn't work.

Robotic Vacuums

Automated vacuum cleaners are a huge hit among busy homemakers and professionals who spend the majority of their time at the office. There are many different models available on the market today, some of which let you control them via remote control.

If you're trying to save time on your daily housekeeping chores without cutting any corners, the current generation of robotic vacuums are just what you need.

Fitness Bands

What started with products like the Apple Watch just a few short years ago has exploded into a market that, according to some estimates, will be worth $34 billion by 2020. Although some saw the initial line of wearable fitness gadgets as novelty items and temporary trends, they're useful enough to provide real value to our health-conscious society and can replace house-hold items like the alarm clock.

There are plenty of options on the market today, including newer products by Apple and devices by lesser-known manufacturers, including the Jawbone UP3 Fitness Band.

Preparing Your Home for the Future of Smart Technology

Although the sheer number of smart gadgets available today is overwhelming to some, the market is just getting started. With electronic components becoming smaller and technology becoming more powerful and efficient nearly every single day, it's best to begin preparing your home for the upcoming digital revolution — or else you might be left in the silicon dust of your neighbors.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
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