5 Trends in Smart Home Technology

New Home Automation Technology is Making Homes Smarter

We’ve all left the house and suddenly remembered – too late – that we’ve forgotten something important. The coffee maker is still on, or the garage door was never closed. Then you start to doubt that you locked the doors or turned the heat down.

You feel helpless, and you’re stuck worrying until you get home again.

Smart homes are breaking that cycle.

Imagine simply taking out your smart phone and pressing a button to shut that garage door and make sure the lights are off. And at the end of the day, using your phone again to turn on your heat, the lights, and your favorite music before you even leave the office.

Making homes “smart” is a growing trend that has gone from button-press security systems to controlling and observing your home from anywhere.

Here are 5 Trends in Smart Home Technology:

  1. Décor-Friendly Gadgets. Home automation technology can blend in better with your décor than traditional devices. TechCrunch highlights thermostats with good design that are aesthetically pleasing, and smart door locks that look sleek and modern.
  1. Programmable or Zone-Based Thermostats. Have you ever heated your home for no one? Turn the heat on or down from anywhere with your smart phone or tablet with a programmable thermostat. Zone-based thermostats use motion sensors and heat only occupied rooms.
  1. Wireless Power Controls. Home automation allows you to control myriad devices with the touch of your finger. This California man installed an automated sound system for music inside and outside his home, along with HVAC, lighting, security and pool/spa features that could all be controlled with his family's iPads, wall touchpanels or remote controls.
  1. Automated Door Locks. If you’re carrying heavy grocery bags or a crying child, unlocking your door can be quite a feat. Smart locks take the guesswork out of using a key by automating your front door to unlock or even open as you approach.
  1. Advanced Security Systems. Watch your kids get home safely from school, make sure they’re doing their homework and not watching TV, or simply set up and arm your security system and other alarms while you’re away with the touch of a button.

Quite a few devices for home automation made their debut at CES 2014 in January that take the concept of a smart home to a whole new level. In general, innovations in technology for the home are becoming widespread, and the ClearViewTM Audio ClioTM is among those new innovations as the first invisible speaker that produces great sound without compromising your décor.

We think a speaker you can’t see is a great way to make your home even smarter.