Interested in buying a home? Homeownership and house hunting have both changed drastically over the past decade, no thanks to transformative changes in technology. This article will talk you through how technology has changed the definition of what a home looks like over the years.
From finding a house to buy to living in one, there’s tons of technology in and around the housing industry. This wasn’t always the case.
Smart homes have been around longer than we think, but they’ve evolved greatly. What was smart in the 1900s is just a basic necessity in 2019. This really goes to show how revolutionary home technology is, and how it has impacted homeownership in the past decade and continues to do so.
From the visible to the invisible, home technology has evolved in ways nobody could have predicted.
The Dawn Of Home Technology
The beginning of home technology can be traced back to the invention of home appliances way back in the 1900s. Chores like cleaning were taken over by the first vacuum cleaner in 1901. The next two decades saw appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, irons, toasters, etc being invented.
More and more Americans started adopting home technology and saw a massive improvement in their standard of living. The days of storing food in ice-boxes and worrying about meat going bad were far behind. The introduction of home appliances gave way to a smarter way of living for most people.
The First Smart Device
When someone says “smart device,” one’s mind usually goes to modern tech. However, the first smart device was introduced way back in the 60s. Echo IV was invented in 1966 to act as a sort of home computer. It was designed to operate kitchen appliances and regulate temperature. This 800-pound computer did not make it to the market (for obvious reasons).
While this smart device did fail, it made way for conversations and possibilities that people didn’t couldn’t have imagined at the time.
The First Smart Homes
The early 2000s saw the rise of the first smart homes. The technology was becoming cheaper, so more and more Americans were able to afford revolutionary pieces of technology for their homes. Home technology was driven by safety and convenience. More improved variations of existing technology and new technology like the home security camera, computers, etc were introduced.
Technologies for domestic use, networking and various other gadgets started showing up on shelves. These were being consumed all over the USA at a large scale, which led to the need to stay connected. The rise of the internet made way for a completely different landscape for home technology owners and manufacturers.
One example of this is Dial-Up internet being replaced by wifi. From being able to either use the internet or talk on the phone to having multiple devices connect over a single network source, home technology has evolved to meet changing consumers’ demands.
Today’s Smart Homes
The shift in buyers’ perspective is the main reason behind the evolution of today’s smart homes.
Accessibility, security, environment-friendly homes are the major focuses of today’s buyers. Modern smart homes have given remote access to everything from the thermostat to television. The introduction of voice-powered virtual assistants has resulted in a new wave of smart homes.
Practically all appliances in today’s homes can be connected to one another.
The convenience of having appliances connected to a mobile device and the ability to have remote access has made life simpler for many. Gone are the days of worrying if someone forgot to turn off the lights before leaving – all one has to do is open the app on their phone and check. That’s it.
Technology has found its way into other aspects of a homeowner’s life as well.
Remote video surveillance? Check. Feeding a dog while away? Check. A leak in the pipes? Check. Smart technology has enabled users to be in complete control of what’s happening in their house.
This rise in technology is also responsible for making life easy for people with disabilities or other health problems. Homes are now more accessible to those with special needs and the conversation around elderly care has also shifted to adapting to a “smart” lifestyle that ensures safety and convenience for all.
Emergency services are a mere voice command away and so are friends and families.
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The Way Ahead
Home technology also gives prospective home buyers advanced resources to find a home to their liking. For instance, Zumbly provides home scores in real-time, helping everyone from first-time buyers to experienced investors find a property with the right value for them. These home buying technologies are changing the game of real estate, making house hunting tools more accessible to everyone.
The future of home technology is simple, proactive and intuitive. The current scenario is dependant on commands made by the homeowner; futuristic technology will be based on the judgment of the machine.
The rise of machine learning and artificial intelligence has enabled technology to interpret, analyze and now guess the actions of humans. Machines are likely to get smarter by adapting to the changing needs of humans. This will result in a ‘humanization’ of machines, allowing them to relate more to human actions through collecting data.
What this means for the future of home technology is that all appliances and devices will be connected to one another, and will most likely have the ability to predict what a homeowner will require and suggest the same before being asked.
The age of the Jetsons is coming!
Smart homes aren’t just a trend, but a way of living that has been rising since the 1900s. Right from the humble refrigeration to the modern voice assistant that turns on the lights, the definition of what a home looks like has dramatically evolved.
This has resulted in changed home-buying patterns and different selling points for buying a new home. The optionality of “smartness” in a home is going to be replaced by necessity, because of the ever-changing tech-dependence and ecosystem. What seems as a luxury now is going to be a pivotal part of any average home down the line.
The way forward is having the world at our fingertips, and access to unimaginable services and home technology within our reach.
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