For many years home decor has been adding innovative and modern furniture designs as improvements, according to industry experts, FOW Furniture, but technology is starting to creep in as part of home design. The technology for creating smart homes that can monitor just about every aspect of people’s lives is finally starting to mature and become available on the markets. Introduction of these technologies will hopefully not just help make people’s lives easier, but also save energy, reduce waste, and leave everyone healthier. Here’s a look at some of the incredible home technologies making their way into houses in 2015.
Philips Hue Wireless LED Light Bulbs
Upgrading the lighting in the house isn’t just about switching from incandescent to fluorescent anymore. Philips Hue has come out with a set of LED bulbs that are connected via WiFi to a mobile app, available for smartphone or tablet. There’s no more going to the switch, homeowners can turn the light on and off or even switch the color if they want to change the mood straight from the app. The bulbs are currently on sale at Amazon for around $200.
Robot Vacuum Cleaners
There’s a few companies manufacturing robot vacuums like iRobot’s Roomba machines. They aren’t extremely widespread yet, but in the near future the cleaning of floors will be done exclusively by robots. Ecovacs, in addition to a its recently newsworthy Winbot robot window cleaner, has a line of Deebot floor cleaning robot models. Sensors allow these cleaning bots to navigate rooms, avoid obstacles, and even recharge themselves when the power gets low. There’s four different modes available for use on different surfaces and they can even be programmed to clean at set times. Some of the vacuums also come with the normal extra attachments for cleaning curtains and walls, while others can be controlled via smartphone.
Washers and dryers now come in smart versions (along with refrigerators and dishwashers) that can be connected to online databases to automatically run while the power is cheapest. Whirlpool has a range of smart appliances that connect to a mobile app where owners can keep up-to-date on when the wash is done, remotely controlling start/stop of laundry cycles, or take note when new detergent needs to be purchased. According to Hallie Busta at Architect Magazine, other companies such as LG and Samsung also are in the smart appliance game with similar products.
Nest Labs Thermostat
According to an article on Information Week, one of the biggest aids for energy savings are the new WiFi, sensor-enabled, smart thermostats. Though they are a pricey install, these smart thermostats start learning about temperature controls in the houses from the very get go, program themselves, and soon do all the heating/cooling automatically. Nest thermostats can also be controlled via mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
XYZ Printing’s 3D Food Printer
There’s been lots of buzz around 3D printers for a while now, but 2015 is promising to be a year for their expansion, according to the Society for Biomaterials. The prices are finally dropping and they’re becoming more widespread in various industries. XYZ Printing has come up with a 3D printer that converts raw ingredients and prints them into customizable shapes chosen from a touchscreen display. Currently it’s a function limited to cookies/sweets ingredients, but more advances are sure to come soon.