From initial floor plans to the finishing touches with carefully selected paint palettes, designing your own home gives you the unrivalled opportunity to exercise total control over your future living space. These days, leveraging the right technology not only empowers you to add convenience and capability to your lifestyle, it also transforms a house into a home that’s uniquely you.
The Internet of Things (IoT) seems poised to be a hallmark of tech-savvy home owners throughout Australia. According to a study by Telsyte, a tech firm, the Australian market for home-use IoT devices will reach $3.2 billion by 2019, nearly an eleven-fold increase over the next four years.
Just how ‘normal’ will it be for houses to have these gadgets? Telsyte predicted that the average household will have 24 IoT devices by 2019. Already, the average is 15.
What is the IoT?
Let’s back up for one minute, though. What exactly is the IoT and why should you think about it while building your new home?
Basically, the IoT simply refers to products that previously had nothing to do with the internet and are now connected thanks to advanced sensors and communication chips. They can send data to each other, your smartphone, to the web or elsewhere.
Think Fitbits, cars that receive traffic information, smart watches and Google Glass. There’s a whole range of objects that are no longer just standalone devices. Now, they talk (so to speak).
What are some great IoT options for my home?
The IoT has implications for enterprises, retail, the air transport industry and more. But we’re here to talk about some options that could take your new home to the next level.
Here are 10 IoT options to keep in mind as you build your home:
These are just a few of the options that are out there, and more are sure to develop and advance over the coming years. Whether you want to create a more sustainable, energy-efficient house or are looking to manage your hectic lifestyle, the IoT is one way you can use your home to your advantage.