From home security, to peace of mind when you go on holiday, there are devices available that are designed to protect our homes and make our lives easier. In a survey conducted by Mintel, 38% of consumers report an interest in buying a smart home security system. Some of the most popular pieces of tech include:
- 36% interested in smart wi-fi connected thermostat
- 35% interested in smart voice-controlled speaker
- 33% interested in smart wi-fi connected lightbulbs
Millennials are the most likely generation to buy smart tech, as the study found that 52% of 18 – 34 year olds have an interest in smart home products, compared to just 22% of those aged 55+. Currently 13% of people have a smart voice-controlled speaker within the home, with 74% of owners using the tech to play music, and 94% using it to get general information such as local cinema times.
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 Big Brother is listening, saying always-on (always listening for the wake word) speakers in the home makes them uneasy. Despite some concerns, a second study by PWC discovered that Brits will spend £10.8 billion on smart home tech next year. 12.6% currently own smart home security, and 10.4% currently own a smart doorbell.
Consumers are beginning to overcome their apprehensions with smart home technology, 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.
A new video series from Legal & General has been released to introduce consumers to smart home technology, and the various ways they can help to secure our homes and improve our lives. 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:
- PART 1: Is a Smart Home a more Secure Home?
- PART 2: Making Smart Tech even Smarter
- PART 3: Fire and Water Damage
- PART 4: While you’re Away
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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