As we enter 2022, we have many things to be optimistic about or look forward to, at least. From winning the tedious battle against COVID-19 to advancements and innovations in space travel, we can expect 2022 to be a very eventful year. And we anticipate it to be very big for new home technologies and smart home trends.
Fortunately, smart home trends are no longer reserved and exclusive for high-end luxury homes. Nowadays, everyone has access to or even owns a couple of smart home devices, and for good reason. Revenue in the smart home market is projected to reach US$75m in 2022, with Household penetration will be 3.6% in 2022 and is expected to hit 7.2% by 2026.
So, if you’re planning on investing more in smart home management, here are some of the biggest smart home technology trends to expect in 2022.
Although robots and artificial intelligence have eased their way into our lives already, in the form of Apple’s and Amazon’s digital voice assistants (Siri and Alexa), we can expect the launches of much more physical home robots. For example, Amazon’s new experimental home robot — Astro. Astro is part of a line of Alexa-powered devices, including a home security drone and a projector/video chat device aimed at helping children interact with their remote/overseas relatives better.
The robot, Astro, with a hefty initial $999 price tag, is quite like the typical home assistant we often see in movies — delivers various items such as drinks, assists and helps elderly family members, and acts as a security monitor.
Amazon’s home security drone — Ring Always Home — is anticipated to have a pretty widespread adoption and is literally the upgraded, mobile version of indoor security cameras.
Amazon Glow, a $249 projector/video chat device, combines a camera with a projected touchscreen designed to connect kids, have them interact, play games and read books with distant relatives.
Increase in voice control for home devices
Voice control devices such as Alexa, Google Assistant and even Siri (Apple iPhones) are pretty prevalent in our lives. And these voice-based smart assistants are predicted to only increase in popularity. We expect to see the rise of voice control integration in more electronic devices, such as TVs, cars, refrigerators, smart plugs, smart lights and more.
More smart home security integration
The rising percentages of burglaries and home thefts have led to more home security awareness. DIY, professional and smart home security systems are moving up in the industry, and the good news is: they’re getting smarter. Smart home security systems have made it pretty easy and relatively affordable to monitor your home from anywhere at any time.
A combination of Xunsion’s outdoor and indoor security cameras, contact, motion, smoke and gas sensors, and doorbell cameras allow for the increased control and security of your home. And even if burglaries or home thefts aren’t such a risk for you, you can still benefit from smart home security. For example, indoor smart cameras allow you to check in on your pets while you’re away or know exactly when your kids get home from school.
Smarter kitchen appliances
In 2022, it is safe to say we will be able to enjoy much ‘smarter’ kitchens. An example of this is the Meater+, an inexpensive, in-store device that uses wireless probes to measure the meat’s temperature as its cooking. Like most smart devices, it also comes with a respective app that lets you know when your food has reached its desired temperature.
Another innovative smart kitchen appliance we are obsessed with is the Tovala Steam Oven — a smart oven that lets you bake, broil and steam various foods through app control. Similarly, the Brava Oven allows users access through a touch screen and an app that contains a convenient library full of recipes!
It seems Amazon has left no rock unturned. The AmazonBasics Microwave is a cost-effective, smart alternative to just about any microwave. Instead of direct app control, the smart microwave uses Alexa voice commands to cook. Although you need a separate Echo device for the voice functionality feature, pretty much every household has one nowadays, making it a worthy investment.
Health and fitness management
An after-effect of COVID-19 is definitely more health risk awareness associated with sedentary lifestyles. As a result, there has been a sky-rocketing increase in sales of smartwatches, Fitbits and smart fitness tracking devices. With the increasing popularity of home gyms and home workouts, many households are expected to upgrade to smart gym equipment such as voice-enabled control rowing machines, training cycles or treadmills.
Furthermore, other than tracking our health and fitness, smart home technology brings a huge change in managing and improving health. Sleep technology is a great example of this and one that will become more well-known in 2022. Smart beds are clinically proven to lead to better, deeper periods of sleep and can even point out hidden sleeping disorders.
Another strange (yet interesting) way smart home technology could impact our lives in 2022 is smart toilets. At CES 2021, the concept of a smart toilet that would analyze faeces and provide suggestions on diet improvement was introduced. Although it remains a concept, we could see the implementation of a smart toilet throughout 2022. It’s safe to say you might need a smart toilet at the moment, but head on over to What are smart home automation systems? to learn more about integrating the ideal smart devices for your home.