Home Automation Trends to Watch For in 2019
Exciting new products and systems are coming next year, from smart mirrors in your bathroom to AI-controlled surveillance cameras
Though we still have a few weeks left in 2018, the new year is just around the corner – and that brings with it a new wave of smart home products. Manufacturers have started to unveil what’s coming in the year ahead, and there’s a lot to be excited about. Let’s take a look at some of the smart home automation devices you may want for your Oklahoma City, OK home next year.
One of the coolest new technologies coming to homes in the near future are smart mirrors. Manufacturers like Seura, Electric Mirror and more have created surfaces that can display your social media feeds, give you news and weather updates, talk with other parts of your home automation system, and more. Seura even says their smart mirrors work with Amazon’s Alexa system, adding a voice control dimension to their already impressive product. Getting used to having that much technology and information in your bathroom may take a bit, but there’s no denying the added convenience such devices offer, making them an attractive item for tech-savvy homeowners.
SMART WATER MONITORS
Having a smart device to watch your water pipes may seem unnecessary at first, but they make a lot of sense when you consider the damage even a small leak can cause. CE Pro reports that more than 14,000 water damage claims are filed with U.S. insurers every day, and the average cost to fix the damage is about $12,000.
This is where those smart plumbing sensors come into play. These devices monitor your pipes for leaks or pressure changes, and they alert you if they sense that anything has gone wrong. Some models will even turn your pipes off automatically if they detect a leak, helping you mitigate the potential damage.
Wanting to install these devices yourself but are unsure if they’ll be too complicated for you? Fear not – the sensors don’t require a plumber’s license to install, and they’re designed to be up and running in less than 15 minutes.
MORE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CAPABILITIES
It may feel strange to admit, but we are firmly in the age of artificial intelligence. AI is poised to make a big impact on the world of home automation in 2019.
One major example of this trend is AI-enabled security devices. Security companies are in the process of rolling out smart door cameras with machine-learning technology. These devices will be able to identify specific faces, autonomously determine who’s at the door and then let them inside if they recognize a familiar person. There are also smart sensors with advanced AI systems that can detect fires and potential burglars as well as alert you if your carbon monoxide levels are too high.
LINKED DEVICES ACROSS NEIGHBORHOODS
There may soon come a day where your smart home system, or at least part of it, is part of a wider network encompassing your entire neighborhood. As just one example, the security device company Ring has pioneered a method to link multiple cameras together throughout a neighborhood if a crime occurs. Potential privacy concerns aside, this technology could help police solve crimes more efficiently by giving them a broader view of your community when the incident happened.
That’s just a sample of some of the new systems that could be coming to your home very soon. To learn more about potential automation upgrades for your property, call Audio Dimensions at (405) 752-1115 or visit us online.