20 Smart Home Trends to “Wow” Homebuyers
2020 is here, and with it come advancements in-home technology that homebuyers are on the lookout for when purchasing a home. Last week the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas showcased a wide range of products. Some are new and some are upgraded, but this year also brings products that address user concerns about identity safety and intrusiveness.
There were some fun concepts such as a toilet paper delivery robot and mechanical arms that aid with kitchen prep, but concepts aside there are a number of gadgets actually scheduled for release this year that make life easier. As a seller’s agent, it is your job to keep updated on these technology trends as homebuyers want to be wowed and know that their new home is ready for whatever the future may bring.
Kitchen and Food Prep
This year we’re seeing advances in refrigeration, food processing, smart thermometers, trash disposal, and gardening… all designed to make life easier.
Samsung’s Bespoke refrigerator answers the growing demand for cleaner designs in homes. Resembling custom cabinetry, the refrigerators are fully customizable in a wide range of sizes, faces, colors, and textures.
Also new is the Thermal Electric Beverage Cooler by Juno. Like a microwave for cooling, it cools your beverage in under 2 minutes or a wine bottle in under 5 minutes.
The U by Moen Smart Faucet dispenses precise water measurements and temperatures via a blend of Alexa voice control and hand-wave activation.
To help you save time and kitchen space, the Julia from CookingPal boils, steams, blends, and weighs ingredients all at the same time. It is a tablet and Alexa enabled and provides some tasty recipes.
To make growing your own veggies easier, the Plant Cube by N Thing is a shipping container-sized vertical planter with advanced growing technology, letting you grow food more easily in a controlled environment.
Living Rooms and Family Rooms
This year brings a number of new TV’s. LG is finally rolling out its roll-up TV and will add a roll-down design. Samsung’s Sero TV flips both vertical and horizontally like an oversized smartphone. Its TV called The Frame now comes in a 75 model that lets you display art and create original digital artwork from TV images.
OLED TV’s now come in a 48” size and there are a range of new TV’s in 4k, 8k, and 16k UHD. Samsung added 88-inch, 93-inch, 110-inch, and 150-inch models to their lineup.
Tech security is always big at CES and this year is no exception. The Benjilock by Hampton Livia features a new smart lock with keypad, app, thumbprint, and key access. Lockly Vision offers an advanced lock and video doorbell capability and the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight brings bright light for better surveillance. And you can now fully customize all your security options with the Blue security system by ADT.
While away from home, you can also monitor water usage and leaks with the Phyn Smart Water Assistant so you catch issues before they start.
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Winner of the 2020 CES Innovation Award is the LG ThinQ washing machine. It gauges the volume and weight of loads and detects fabric types so it can wash precisely for that mix of materials. It automatically provides detergent and notifies you of updates via Alexa and its mobile app.
This year reveals plenty of smart mirrors and make-up tech, but one product getting a surprisingly strong response is a faucet: the Kohler Moxie Showerhead and Smart Speaker. The wireless speaker connects to a Bluetooth player up to 33 feet away so you can reenact your favorite scene from Flashdance.
For tooth care, Colgate revealed the Plaqless Pro Toothbrush. It detects biofilm on teeth to prevent plaque and cavities. Simply brush and the toothbrush indicates when the film is gone.
Smarter and Safer Systems
Increased tech in homes requires more advanced Wi-Fi systems, and the new Wi-Fi 6 routers have you covered. Some even have Wi-Fi 6E – an extension that supports new 6 GHz frequencies. Expect more 6E-compatible systems in the future.
New “mesh systems” combine multiple tech devices to create faster internet connections throughout the home. D-Link will even sync different tech brands.
Google Assistant hopes to lessen concerns about data by letting you “delete everything I’ve said to you last week”, and when you ask if it is saving your audio data, it directs you to your private security settings.
For added protection from online threats, Comcast Xfinity revealed its xFi Advanced Security Service for $6 per month.
Along with new pet feeders such as the Wi-Fi Feeder Robot and self-cleaning litter boxes like the Litter-Robot come advances in trackers, fit bits, and games. A new game called Go Dogo keeps your dog entertained with your TV with training instructions. It uses a built-in camera that sees when your pet sits, stays, etc., rewarding it with treats.
Devices that Seemingly Disappear
Tech is also becoming more tactile and less obtrusive. Hachi this year revealed its Infinite projector that allows you to turn any flat surface into a touchscreen. Mui Lab takes a natural wood approach by using a clean strip of wood as a display.
Motion Pillow by TenMinds
The Motion Pillow by TenMinds combines memory foam and airbags with a sensor and microphone to detect snoring. Once detected, pillow adjusts which causes you to turn your head to reduce snoring. Your partner will thank you.
For shoe lovers, The Samsung Shoe Care System lets you deodorize your shoes as well as dehumidify and dry them so your favorite shoes look better, smell better, and last longer.