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How will smart home devices influence our lives?

There are promising innovations on the horizon of smart home devices. Things that will make the lives of consumers easier, tasks that will take less time and remove doubts and worries.

In the next few years, more and more white goods will also be fitted with smart technology. Examples include refrigerators that generate recipe suggestions based on what’s inside your fridge. Or washing machines that know which settings to use depending on the items loaded into it.

In the US, experiments are currently taking place with Wi-Fi connected buttons on products that allow you to re-order household products from your favourite e-shop. Running low on dishwasher detergent? Simply press the button to order a new box from Amazon and have it delivered to your home the following day.

A new age is also dawning for tourism. Some consumers are reluctant to book trips to destinations that are far away and unfamiliar.  But soon capsules, complete with smell and temperature sensors, will be able to create an almost perfect simulated experience. All you have to do is step into the booth, put on your VR glasses and headset, and explore your destination of choice. You will be able to see, feel and smell ‘real’ destinations from the comfort of your travel agency’s office sofa.

Online shopping, everyone’s doing it! Online shopping and home delivery have become an important part of our lifestyle. But why stop there? Why not have your package delivered inside your home? With a smart doorbell, you can actually see who is standing on your doorstep. If you also have a smart doorlock, you can remotely let them in to deliver the package safely inside. Bpost and Zalando are currently testing this technology.

Although online shopping has made our lives easier, there are also downsides, such as online shops that are loss-making due to high logistics costs. Smart technologies offer a solution to this problem. Body scanners can accurately measure your body size and shape in order to identify the right size for you. This eliminates the problem of shoppers returning the clothes they buy, because they are the wrong size.

In the future, shoplifting will become impossible. In supermarkets, shoppers will never have to wait in line again; they will simply enter and leave through smart gates. These gates scan all the products in your cart, add them up, recognise your face and charge the amount to your bank account that is linked to your account.

Would you like a new haircut but are afraid to cut your hair? Smart mirrors let you ‘try on’ different hairstyles. You can virtually test out different hair lengths and colours with live results. Say goodbye to bad hair days!

Smart home technologies are very promising for the future. However, these revolutionary products may not be on the shelves tomorrow, but manufacturers are already busy experimenting with these technologies and applying them to devices that we are already using in our daily lives.

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