Smart Home Tech You’ll Be Buying This Year


Former Gadget Show host Suzi Perry takes a look at the smart home tech we’ll be buying this year.

There is no doubt that, for most of us, technology continues to play a larger and larger role in our day to day lives. Whether we’re checking emails on our smartphones, watching streaming services on our smart TVs or requesting our favourite song from our smart speaker, our daily routines and our tech are becoming increasingly linked. So, it’s not surprising that interest in smart tech devices continues to rise and that, according to a study by PWC, Brits will spend £10.8 billion on smart home tech this year alone.

A particular area of interest for consumers is smart home security systems. Another survey, conducted by Mintel, found that some of the most popular pieces of tech include:

  1. 36% interested in smart wi-fi connected thermostat
  2. 35% interested in smart voice-controlled speaker
  3. 33% interested in smart wi-fi connected lightbulbs

However, there is still some uncertainty surrounding smart home technology, as 50% of consumers believe being connected to the internet makes smart security systems less secure whilst 59% worry that always-on (always listening for the wake word) speakers in the home makes them uneasy.

Consumers are beginning to overcome their apprehensions though, as a third survey by Deloitte revealed that 66% of people agree that having connected devices have the potential to make their lives easier. There is particular interest in cameras both inside and outside the home that can be accessed remotely, especially access via a smartphone. The survey found that 33% of consumers are most likely to get security camera as a connected device, whilst 30% of consumers are most likely to get security alarm.

To introduce consumers less familiar with smart home tech to these devices and the various ways they can help to secure our homes and improve our lives, Legal & General have released a new video series. Former Gadget Show host Suzi Perry walks viewers through various apps and devices, including fire and water damage protectors, smart doorbells and even the ability to sync your oven timer to the lights in your home. The four-part series is available to watch in full now:

For those who are considering taking the first steps in introducing smart technology into their homes, this four-part series is a must watch.

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