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The Big Things in Smart Home Automation Coming in 2017

The Big Things in Smart Home Automation Coming in 2017

Enjoy a Smarter Home With This Tech

With a new year ahead and lots of tech coming down the line, your Springfield, IL smart home automation system could be in for big upgrades in 2017. At this year’s recently held CES event, one of the largest technology conventions in the world, plenty of new smart gadgets made their debut. In this blog, we’ll highlight some of the biggest trends we’ve noticed at the gathering. Read on to find out how your property could change in the coming months.

See Also: Where to Start With Smart Home Automation?


Voice Control

If you’ve been following our blog, you know that voice control is the new big thing in smart automation technology. Amazon Alexa and Google Home made big showings at the event, with plenty of great manufacturers announcing compatibility with these devices. Everything from entire smart home systems to wireless solutions like NEST and Sonos, to everyday appliances, can now understand spoken commands.

Smart Appliances

Now that more and more homeowners are integrating technology for an easier lifestyle, appliance manufacturers have begun jumping onboard the “smart” train. Everything from your washer and dryer, to your refrigerator -- even your oven -- can be controlled with the touch of a button on your smartphone or tablet. That means you can keep track of when your milk expires at the grocery store thanks to internal cameras streaming images from your fridge to your phone. You can also set your washing machine to use water and power more efficiently for a more manageable laundry solution. What’s more, each of these devices works with voice control apps like Alexa. All you need to do is speak a command, and you can control most of the basic functions of your components simply and easily.

Smart Entertainment

Fans of media room technology have a lot to look forward to. The last few years have seen their fair share of acronyms and initialisms dominating the market, 4K UHD and HDR to name a few. But now that many displays sport those technologies, there are some new specs you’ll probably want to pay attention to for your next smart TV, specifically OLED backlighting. The last time we had to worry about backlighting, you were choosing between LED and LCD TVs. Today, OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TVs are said to be among the best looking on the shelves. Enthusiasts point to a wide color gamut and deeper black in the images that provide a more realistic experience. Whether manufacturers are using OLED or not, the conversation at CES 2017 was centered on the tech, which means you may be seeing it in your home pretty soon.

Integrating Technology

Don’t forget; a smart home is more than the sum of its parts. It’s only when every device in your property connects and works together under a single interface that your home can truly be called “smart.” At Liaison, we pride ourselves on making your home more convenient and efficient with our patented ETouch software. If you’re interested in learning more about integrated technology or ETouch, contact us today.