The Smart Age
The Smart-home has arrived and it is here to stay. We are in the age of technology; our everyday life is made easier with the use of technologies continually developing and being introduced in technological marketplaces from year-to-year. From technologies we wear; such as a FitBit—once an unheard of device that is now a daily norm, smart phones, smart watches and now most importantly—shifting our homes into the world of Smart technology.
Creating a Smart and Connected home allows homeowners to have peak levels of comfort and security whilst in control of all aspects of the home. Smart technology doesn’t just include security, it has now expanded to controlling thermostats, window shades, lights and even locks—the future is here. Homeowners can be in complete control of their most important possession; their home.
Smart technology targets users of all ages. New devices and connections are created to be user friendly, not menacing and confusing, as some would imagine. Smart-home technologies have incredible advantages over their predecessors. There is so much more to a Smart-home than just turning something off from a Smart-phone. Air monitors prove to be beneficial for everyone, from those whom are affected by allergies, asthma or COPD. These alerts can save users from potential medical episodes and trips to the ER. In a few years homeowners will no longer be plagued by the daunting question: did I shut the oven off? Smart-technology will have the ability to control household appliances from phones.
A Smart-home is not complete without boosting our home entertainment to new levels. Since the birth of video game consoles we have consistently seen upgrades year after year. To see just how far the world of technology has come, glance back to the original Nintendo system and compare now to the capabilities of the WiiU. Gaming consoles now cater to movie buffs with the additions of Apps, physical activity with Kinect sensors, music streaming and even photo sharing. Massive screens similar to those we used to only see in movie theatres now occupy family rooms across the USA. Many of these LED televisions offer access to social media channels, Flickr, YouTube and NetFlix. The days of physically renting films are over, instead replaced with NetFlix, ShoMi, Hulu and other video and television services.
Influencers and innovators of both well-known and emerging companies are at the forefront of the new technologies and changes. It is thrilling to see so many Women in technology taking the reigns and bringing great changes to everyday life. Julie Bauer is a name all innovators recognize, since joining Panasonic Bauer took the world by storm with her unique ideas and passion for success. Bauer has revamped Panasonic with Smart technology for everyday life, including—beauty, home, entertainment and travel. With Julie’s lead, Panasonic is no longer seen as limited to television technology.
Smart technology is here; users will soon hold their entire world in the palm of their hands.
Originally published in Innovation and Technology Magazine