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Infographic – Smart Home Technologies Emerge

Chart: Smart home technologies

Click on image for full-size view. (CB Insights)

17 Sept. 2022. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the home became much more of a central institution in people’s lives, for families and individuals to do their work, school, and commerce. But even before the pandemic, technologies began emerging to connect the home more extensively than before. Earlier this month, technology intelligence company CB Insights issued a report (registration required) cataloging these smart home technologies, and their likely effects on our daily lives.

The report lists six categories of smart home systems, some of which we explore in Science & Enterprise. For example, CB Insights expects robotics to provide more assistance as well as companionship in the home, which will help older people stay in their homes rather than moving to assisted living facilities. Augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) are also expected to play a larger role, particularly for conducting collaborative work at home. And dynamic monitoring systems, says the report, are expected to increase comfort for people at home and make their residences more energy-efficient.

While these systems promise a more connected, efficient, and pleasant home, they require continued development of underlying basic technologies, calling for continued research in computer science labs. Artificial intelligence needs to advance for learning and adapting to more complex living patterns and interactions. Plus, smart homes need better security and privacy protocols to protect individuals and families in their highly connected environment.

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