In 1939, the home of the future was going to have a lot of cool stuff, from asbestos fabric (they didn’t know) to refrigerators that disappeared into the ceiling after you put your food away. In the 1960s The Jetsons promised us robotic maids that would do the heavy lifting and video phones. Many of these promises have come to pass, sort of. We have cell phones that we can make video calls with and vacuum cleaners that we can control with apps, but we’re still pretty far away from the futuristic world of sentient tech that can take care of things without having to be told. Nevertheless, the array of smart home tech that is available today is nothing short of a modern marvel.
Today fewer than 20% of homes in the United States are smart homes, but that number is growing every day, and by 2021 it is predicted that around a third of homes will have smart features. Some of the most popular smart features on homes today are thermostats that learn your needs and adapt, doorbells that allow you to answer the door even when you are not home, and lights that come on automatically upon your arrival. Smart home security systems, smoke alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors are also very popular — a quarter of people looking to do IoT upgrades to their home are doing so for safety and security reasons.
There are definite generational differences between the people who adopt smart tech. Surprisingly Baby Boomers are the most likely generation to purchase smart security tech – they are twice as likely as Millennials to do so. Wealthier people are also considerably more likely to install such devices. What’s more, 74% of people who have already installed these devices are very satisfied with the way things are working out.
Learn more about homes of the future from this infographic!