The integration of technology into the home has been going on for decades, but it has kicked into high gear over the last few years, thanks to the boom in connected devices.

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From thermostats to door locks to smoke alarms, the smart home trend is only going to continue to intensify.

The integration of technology into the home has been going on for decades, but it has kicked into high gear over the last few years, thanks to the boom in connected devices. From thermostats to door locks to smoke alarms, the smart home trend is only going to continue to intensify.

In fact, the Global Smart Home Industry is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 13.08% over the next several years to reach USD 124.57 Billion by the year 2025 . The North America region holds the highest Industry share and Asia-Pacific Industry is considered as the fastest growing industry in the forecasted period.

Below are the top five trends to watch in-home technology over the next several years.

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Digital Assistants are Everywhere

The arrival of Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung Bixby, and other voice-activated digital assistants was a watershed moment for the smart home since it brought tens of millions of new consumers into the technology.

Smart speakers, like Amazon Echo and Google Home, had been the vessels for digital assistants, but manufacturers are now embedding them into an array of products. Simple Human , for example, launched a tabletop bathroom mirror with built-in Google Assistant, allowing users to check the news or review their calendar for the day, as they get ready each morning. Kohler also developed a line of smart mirrors with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and its latest smart toilet, the Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet , features onboard digital assistance.

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Artificial Intelligence is Resulting in Super Smart Cameras

WiFi-enabled cameras are nothing new, but their performance has been spotty. For example, consumers often complain about receiving alerts every time a squirrel darts through the yard. Thanks to artificial intelligence, the latest cameras offer “smart imagining,” or the ability to distinguish humans from animals, cars, and other objects. In some cases, cameras can even recognize specific individuals, identifying a home’s residents from potential intruders.

Deep Sentinel , a DIY security system that launched at CES this year, is a good example of the power of AI-enhanced cameras. The system combines AI imaging with a live video surveillance team, who can communicate with would-be burglars or package thieves through the camera’s two-way audio communication; in the event of a break-in, local police will be notified.

Beyond security, smart cameras are finding their way into ovens, where they can recognize food and set cooking temperatures and times accordingly. This technology is currently available in a couple of countertop ovens like the June Smart Oven and the Smart Countertop Oven from WLabs. But, it’s only a matter of time before it ends up in full-size ovens.

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Sensors are Being Deployed Throughout the Home

Advanced sensor technology makes it possible to predict problems in your house before they arise. Water management is a prime example, as evidenced by a new partnership between Moen and Flo Technologies. The system features a WiFi-connected device installed on the home’s main water line, where it monitors water movement. Homeowners are alerted to small leaks, say from a dripping faucet, or major leaks from a burst pipe, for example. Then, it will shut off the main water line, saving your home from catastrophe.

Sensors are also poised to transform the aging-in-place experience, for the millions of older Americans who want to stay in their home, rather than seek assisted living. UK-based company Hive Link installs motion sensors discreetly throughout the home to make it possible for adult children, close friends, and other caregivers to keep tabs on loved ones from afar. For example, if the front door is left open longer than normal or there’s a deviation from mom’s morning routine, a message will be sent through the Hive Link app to any designated monitors.

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Smart Appliances are Finally Ready for Prime Time

Whirlpool made a splash with the rollout of its Yummly-powered smart cooking technology, available across a wide array of connected appliances. The technology allows homeowners to find recipes based on ingredients they have on hand, receive step-by-step video tutorials, control appliances by voice, and more. And, Whirlpool’s new Connected Hub Wall Oven replaces the usual glass door with an interactive LCD interface.

Samsung, meanwhile, unveiled the latest generation of its Family Hub refrigerator , with an AI-enhanced LCD screen that acts as a digital bulletin board. Bixby, the fridge’s embedded digital assistant, uses voice ID technology to deliver tailored information to different family members.

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Surfaces are Getting Smarter Too

The Smart Backsplash from GHSP , a supplier in the premium appliance space, has made a big splash in the smart home industry. The innovative backsplash is an edge-to-edge touchscreen that allows homeowners to search online recipes, call up cooking controls, play their favorite podcasts, and more from anywhere in the kitchen. When not in active mode, the backsplash can display an image, perhaps a scene from nature or a picture of subway tile, for homeowners who want to downplay the technology.

A French company called Marianka was at CES with an innovation called “talkative matter,” which allows electrical equipment to be turned on or off with touch, using the human hand to close to the circuit. A wall can become a light switch, for example, or a carpet can become an electric piano or another source of entertainment for children.

These smart surfaces are just another example of how technology is impacting every corner of the American home, with tremendous benefits to consumers.

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