5 Trends in Smart Home Technology to Watch in 2017

The smart home market is expected to reach $122 Billion by 2022. From virtual reality to controlling the temperature of your home with the touch of your mobile device, technology continues to impact the way you live and how you keep your home safe, secure, and comfortable.

Here’s what to expect from smart home technology in the new year:

  1. Wireless Power Controls

Wireless control has come a long way, especially when it comes to how you control your home. Home automation allows you to control a variety of devices, including your window shades, with a tap of your finger. Whether it’s on your tablet or smartphone, the idea of having to deal with the burden of extension cords and wires is a thing of the past.

  1. Programmable Thermostats

Automated shades are an important feature for those who want to take better control of the temperature of your home or institution. This feature has the capability of connecting your window blinds to motion and location sensors, thermostats and more. With automated shades, you will have the option to program your window shades to automatically react based on the weather conditions outside whether you’re home or away. As a result, this can protect your home and prevent any and all worst case storm scenarios.

  1. Controllable Lighting

With the touch of a button, you can control your home’s different light needs and privacy throughout the day by adjusting the positioning of your window shades. Through your smartphone or tablet, you can not only set schedules to automatically turn lights on and off, but you can also use sensors to automatically trigger lights with motion and control multiple lights simultaneously throughout your home or institution.

  1. Advanced Security Systems

Setting up an automated shades system provides you the privacy and security you need. While you’re away, automated shades can be a great way to increase the appearance of someone being at home. Simple timers that turn your lights off and on every day will provide that “lived-in” look that will steer away any unwanted strangers. With the automated shades system, you can prevent someone from taking an unauthorized peek making your home less of a target for burglary.

  1. Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) technology and systems have exploded this past year. In fact, according to Business Insider, the total revenue for VR is projected to increase from $5.2 billion in 2016 to over $162 billion in 2020. From entertainment to healthcare, VR is emerging on many different platforms and in 2017, you can expect to see a massive increase in VR products and services, especially for your smart home. The idea of VR “showrooms” will give you the ability to preview hundreds of shading/light combinations before making design decisions. Additionally, this will allow you to walk through full-scale digital models to better understand how natural light will affect design choices depending on time of day, season, fabric choices, etc.

Ver-Tex Shading Solutions, New England’s industry leader for design and installation of window treatments and construction specialties, has partnered with ConstructionVR to build a VR “showroom” in 2017. When complete, Ver-Tex’s virtual showroom will feature a variety of 3-D immersive technologies using head-mounted displays and motion tracking systems so that you can experience different scenarios and make adjustments to a project in real-time.

Ready to get started on these popular smart home trends for your New England residence, academic institution, or business? Contact Ver-Tex at (781) 332-3030 and visit our Boston showroom today.