We are living increasingly interconnected lives with the devices around us.
The world as we know it is changing at an unprecedented rate, and along with it are the ways in which consumers are thinking, living and communicating across the globe. The rapid commercialization of high speed internet, smart devices and cloud computing has meant that we are living increasingly interconnected lives with the devices around us. ‘Smart Home’, ‘Connected Living’ and ‘Internet of Things’ are just some of the buzz words being used to describe this growing global phenomenon.
Although the application of this technological revolution can range from a simple wireless sound system in the living room to an entire smart city, for most consumers the benefits are limited to devices within the home for the time being. In our recent global study, we asked people in seven countries to say which technologies they felt would have an impact on their lives in the next few years. Eleven leading edge technologies were on the list – including wearables, connected cars, 3D printing, the Internet of Things – but it was smart home technology that stood out, with half of people internationally believing that these will impact their lives in the coming year or so.