The ‘Internet of Things’ connects people and things with each other, via the Internet, and the I.T market is currently worth over a billion dollars annually.
In our daily lives, we are already enjoying the benefits of I.T through smart technologies such as smart phones and apps, wearable health and fitness tracking devices, VR headsets and smart home speakers and assistants.
More and more property owners are looking for the competitive edge when it comes to selling their home, and innovations in smart home technologies are helping them do just that. The benefits are being utilised in a variety of ways, and homeowners and real estate agents are becoming more interested in how they can be used, not only to make the property more attractive to buyers, but also to boost its final sale price. So can smart technology help you sell your home? In the past, home automation may have been perceived as being unnecessary and expensive, but now that our lifestyles have caught up with the technology, even the simplest of integrations can impress.
Investing as little as $1,000 - $2,000 can make a difference to your final sale price, perhaps adding an extra $10,000 or more in some cases.
At its most basic level, smart innovations could be as simple as power points with USB ports in them. However in a broader sense, home automation focuses more on how you interact with your home and control it digitally rather than manually. Keyless entry door locks are a great start – some offer a keypad with pin code entry, while others look like a normal keyhole that is opened by tapping your mobile phone to it.
Most basic home automation packages include atmospheric controls such as sound, lighting and temperature, and these can be controlled inside the house or via your phone or computer when you are away from the house. Lighting can be controlled for personal preference and for security, with users able to turn lights on and off to mimic normal daily activity when they are away from the house for longer periods. Lighting innovations now also extend to energy saving globes with built in speakers allowing sound to be delivered to any room in the house, on demand and customised to user preferences. These devices fit into existing sockets and are controlled by an app on a phone or a smartwatch.
What will be next ??? Who knows ... watch this space !