Description: Connected smart home devices are well on their way to becoming as prevalent as smartphones and tablets.
Source: Tech Crunch
Date: April 21, 2016
A new study conducted by MARU/VCR&C, and commissioned by Telus, found a significant gap between those that believe that smart home technology will benefit their lives (61 per cent) and those who currently own a smart home device (34 per cent).
That’s about to change, however, with 63 per cent of people predicting that they will own at least one smart home device – such as a smart TV, thermostat, lighting, appliance, entry and security system; and other home automation solutions – by 2018, and with half of those predicting they will own three or more.
The greatest perceived benefits of living in a smarter home include saving money and being greener (57 per cent) and increased security or safety (44 per cent). Of those who currently own smart home technology, the most popular devices are smart TVs (65 per cent) and smart thermostats (36 per cent). For those who travel frequently, 56 per cent said they are likely to purchase smart home devices to manage household tasks and provide peace of mind while they are away.
Questions for discussion:
1. Do you use any “smart home” apps or services?
2. If it meant saving money in the long run, would you be willing to spend more on temperature control, lighting, security, etc?