The clock in the drawing-room is singing! So begins Ray Bradbury’s 1950 short story There Will Come Soft Rains. At the time, the smart home was little more than a novelist’s whim. However, in subsequent decades, “intelligent household” be born gradually come true, it is in the life of people that the form such as upgrade home appliance appears with an intelligent loudspeaker, intelligent T.V. only at first, more and more household equipment such as the lamp in people home subsequently, lock, doorbell, thermostat becomes “clever” rise.
The rapid growth of the smart home industry has been driven by factors such as people staying at home longer during the pandemic, improved Internet speeds, new communication protocols enabling easier connectivity, and greater interest in smart home technology. 2022 will be a turning point year for the global smart home market, and the changes that will take place during this period may redefine the smart home industry, especially in the following four areas that deserve attention:
01 Smart House
The pandemic era has brought changes in remote working and home-based lifestyles. Conrad McCallum of The Continental Automated Buildings Association says: “Service-based smart home technology is gaining popularity in North American multi-family residential complexes (MDU). In addition, switching from a user responsible for managing a single, smart device to an ecosystem support service scenario can bring cost savings to property companies, including lower labor costs and improved customer satisfaction with the service.”
A similar trend has emerged in the high-end residential sector. Toll Brothers, one of the largest luxury home builders in the U.S., now offers a selection of smart home appliances — smart door locks, thermostatic systems, automatic garages, smart lighting systems, or automatic garden irrigation systems — in every new property they develop. “Smart home control systems are no longer new,” says Felicia Ratka, president of Smart Home technologies, a division of Toll Brothers. “Buyers now see them as standard.”
Demand for smart home technology is growing rapidly, and Toll Brothers has been quick to adapt its products. In 2022, for example, Toll Brothers formed a partnership with Kohler to build whole-house leak detection and water monitoring systems into their residential products. “Our customers are looking for whole-home solutions,” Ratka said. “Single, smart home features like smart lighting and smart door locks are no longer enough. We need to increase our service capacity to ensure that we can meet this level of service demand.”
At present, the object of smart home technology integration services is mainly the high-end smart housing market. But as smart home technology matures and production technology improves, market penetration is just around the corner.
02 A door to the future
In the process of the rapid development of the smart home industry, the technological iteration of smart home products is also very fast. A look at Masonite’s smart-door setup at CES 2022 shows in the U.S. is generic. In addition to the internal wiring, Masonite’s M-PWR smart door has a built-in video ring doorbell, Yale Smart lock, and LED smart lighting. However, unlike other technology products that quickly update and iterate, Masonite’s built-in components are easier to replace because they have been designed with future upgrades in mind.
M-pwr smart door represents two key technology development trends of smart homes in the future: 1. First, the M-PWR smart Door uses a modular design that allows users to upgrade their smart home devices as the product technology evolves iteratively, rather than being tied to previously purchased product technology. 2. Second, it avoids devices standing in isolation, choosing instead to build connective tissue between various smart home devices. Over the past decade, smart home devices have grown “eyes” (that can see), “ears” (that can hear), and “mouths” (that can speak). Now, more importantly, it has grown a “nervous system” (connective tissue) that internally connects and coordinates its new limbs and abilities.
The matter is a new open-source communication protocol launched by the International Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) and is scheduled to be officially launched in mid-2022. Matter aims to connect smart home devices to each other, facilitating the convergence of devices from companies like AMAZON, GOOGLE, and APPLE: Siri, Alexa, and GOOGLE Assistant is no longer in their own right. More than 200 companies have partnered with CSA to adopt Matter. Matter promises a more functional smart home that is more accessible to the public. Matter has also established shared smart home security standards, addressing a particular pain point for the industry over the past few years.
03 Integration of intelligent home and human life
Today, the vast majority of people own smartphones, know how to install apps, and have basic knowledge of the Internet. People are getting more accustomed to living with smart home devices and are getting better at using them. The convergence of people will happen even faster in 2022, and homes will soon be filled with a variety of smart home devices, making every moment of home life accessible to the Internet.
The intelligent household of human nature changes brings convenience admittedly, but it still is the technology of a kind of new life, promote a family to its acceptance, approbation, confluence cannot be too hasty. Before the full development of smart home, we need to carefully identify good smart home devices in different living spaces, use conditions, the application scope of equipment of choose and buy, the respect such as operating system program, and the environment for human health life concept and intelligent household life concept of space science and technology, to create a smart home system is more suitable for human life.