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February 20, 2021

Predictions for the Evolution of Tech at Home in 2021

Much of life as we know it transformed significantly in 2020. We hoped that things would go “back to normal” but as time passes, the ‘normal’ we once knew grows further away. Technology became an even bigger part of our lives, including the digital transformation of our work, the way we shopped, sold products, entertained, and even the way we took care of our health. Here are a few ways I predict technology will continue evolving this year and beyond.

Homes will get even smarter

Even before the pandemic, smart home devices were becoming more intelligent, with an increasing number of devices joining the lot universe. This has resulted in a greater need for improved communication between them. Currently, smart home devices communicate in different languages (ex. WiFi, Bluetooth), facilitated by third-party devices like Apple Home. In the near future, we will see a move toward different technologies working together more seamlessly. Industry leaders are already working together on Project Connected Home over IP to move towards a royalty-free connectivity standard that will increase compatibility between smart home products.

Tech will become more user-friendly

As we do more from our homes, including learning, playing, working, shopping and relaxing, technology must become more simplified so that everyone can use it with greater ease – not just those with advanced tech skills. IoT devices are frequently returned due to challenges with set up, so we will continue to see tech companies reduce the room for error by incorporating better set-up principles on the back end. Consumers won’t have to bother with complicated set-up instructions because they’ll be able to just click and go.

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