The year 2017 has seen several technological advancements, from the rising popularity of Virtual Reality and Alternate Reality in everyday applications to the WannaCry ransomware that took the technology world by storm, leaving companies scrambling to work fix those issues. The rise, fall and subsequent rise of Bitcoin and the emergence of AMD as a rival to Intel with their Ryzen processors has changed the future of the tech industry for a considerable amount of time. Providers have not begun optimizing the content they serve in HDR, now that it has caught on and companies like Netflix and YouTube are leading the charge in this regard. However, it can safely be said that 2017 was the year of the smart home and home automation – it will stay that way for years to come.
One sector that has stayed true to its aim of making your house an automated and connected one is that of the smart home. When the first smart home devices entered the market, you could almost forgive people for believing that their science fiction dreams were coming true. It still seems that way, sometimes, when a new device is introduced every year at CES or when a company has a breakthrough invention that changes everything for the better. The Internet of Things (or IoT) is one of the key components of smart home automation and has the capability to not only connect more than just people and their devices, but also simplify their lives and help them be more productive. This technology is powered by artificial intelligence and the companies that own the fastest and smartest AI systems are those that will end up ruling this sector.
While there’s no way (as of now – but we promise we’ll update this if we do get a figure) to find out exactly how many smart devices were sold last year, we know for a fact that Amazon sold tens of millions of devices during the holiday season alone. That’s many millions more than one year ago – and the numbers are only going up. Amazon’s domination in the smart home automation and virtual assistant (in the form of the capable Alexa cloud-based service) keeps it miles ahead of the competition. There’s a lot more to be discovered and explored in this area and the smart home industry is benefitting greatly from the rivalry between Google’s Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa for the top spot as the best voice assistant and central point of home automation.
We at Home Smart Life are firm believers that there’s no place like home – especially a smart, connected home! With companies like Samsung and its rivals vowing to bring smart home technology into all their devices by the year 2020, now would be the best time to get started with learning the basics of home automation and building a smart home. And that’s where we come in. We bring with us years of expertise and tinkering with gadgets and technology designed to make life easier and we can help you build the perfect connected home by choosing the perfect gadgets for your needs. On this site, you’ll find guides, tips and tricks, how-tos and a few lists of our favourite smart home devices.
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