My CEA: Five Tech Home Trends in 2014
Home technology is trending toward The Jetsons – where light bulbs, appliances, speakers and home monitoring systems can be controlled wirelessly. As consumer awareness about the benefits of technology for the home grows and costs decrease, there will be no limit to what the home of the future can do.
Looking ahead to 2014, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® selected five trends to look out for in home technology: the Internet of Things (IoT), smart appliances, energy management, home automation and the next generation home theater.
1 Internet of Things (IoT)
Imagine a day when your alarm clock setting is established by train times and traffic patterns. Or a day when your shower might turn on based upon what it knows about your daily routine. Clothing options might be recommended based upon your activities for the day. Breakfast options might be driven by similar inputs – time, changes in outside influences like traffic, the weather and how they correlate with prior selections.
These developments tie into a much bigger trend, the Internet of Things (IoT), permeating the home and countless other industries.
Cisco projects the number of ‘things’ connected to the Internet will grow from 15 to 25 billion by 2015 before exploding to 40 or 50 billion by 2020. Cisco also estimates the 99 percent of physical objects that may one day be connected are not yet connected today and, while that number might well grow to 50 billion by 2020, it would represent less than four percent of all things in existence.
There are a variety of synonyms used to describe IoT, including the Internet of Everything, machine-to-machine communication (M2M) and the Industrial Internet. But regardless what you call it – the tech industry is bringing the Internet to a wide swath of devices and objects, and the technology we rely on in the home will not go unaffected.