2013 – The Year of The Smart Home

Philipp Schuster
21st January 2013 in Know How

Already, it looks as though 2013 is going to be the biggest year yet for Smart Homes and Home Automation technology. The idea of automating your home is finally being seen by people across the world as a viable option for everyday householders and not just the pursuit of millionaires, techies and hobbyists. At last!

2013 Smart Home GraphicJanuary 7th to January 10th saw the annual Consumer Electronics Show take place in Las Vegas. If you’ve not heard of it, CES is the gadget and tech world’s biggest calendar event. This year’s CES saw more focus on Smart Home Technology than ever before.

Previous exhibitions have seen automation ideas, designs and products shown off, but there’s been little to get truly excited about. Nothing to suggest that Smart Homes are going to break into the main consumer marketplace. All that seems to have changed at this year’s show though, with a plethora of smart objects, systems, sensors and apps proudly shown off to impressed attendees.

It doesn’t look as though the industry shares our vision of simple, integrated cost-effective home control quite yet though. It seems as though all the neat ideas and impressive gadgetry that have been presented demonstrate a rather disjointed and disparate market at the moment. To keep up with the latest designs, you could well find yourself investing in a series of expensive stand-alone devices, made by different manufacturers, that all work in their own separate little ways. Apart from this being confusing, lots of smart devices may actually result in a ‘dumb’ overall system.

For example, you might have a smart radiator thermostat for efficient control of your heating and a separate smart aircon unit. However if these 2 smart units don’t talk to each other, then you may as well leave the control to your 18 month year old…

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So what’s the alternative to having a hundred different automation software apps on your phone and a soured relationship with your bank manager?! Our answer would be to stick with dumb devices that are less expensive and then use one control system to create a unified solution. This is exactly what we had in mind when designing Loxone. Our solution is simple, affordable, easy to install and easy to use. And crucially – it’s entirely future-proof too, allowing for integration with all sorts of dumb devices as well as new technologies as they hit the market.

So if you’re thinking that 2013 could be the year that you take the plunge with Home Automation, why not find out a little more about how the Loxone Miniserver is the way forward for Smart Homes?