10 Up & Coming Home Tech Trends to Watch For in 2019

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The global smart home market should break $50 billion in value by 2022. That makes three years between now and then, and that’s several lifetimes in the field of home tech.

There’s never been a more exciting time to join the smart home revolution, but what does “smart home” mean exactly? The standard definition refers to a system of interconnected devices used to automate and streamline the functions of a home, but there’s a vast number of devices a smart home might include.

Where do you get started when it comes to connecting your home, and how do you stay up to date on the latest home tech trends?

We’ve got you covered with this guide to home technology trends in 2019. Read on to find out how you can equip your home for the future.

10 Home Tech Trends and Example Devices

We’ll do more than just give you the lay of the land with this list. We’ll talk about general trends, but we’ll also point you in the direction of specific devices that demonstrate those trends. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your home dining experience, make grocery shopping more effective, or just buy the best new TV on the market, we’ve got you covered.

Take a look.

  1. Smart Smoke Detectors: Nest Protect

Net is one of the leaders in smart home technology. Its Learning Thermostat was an early pioneer in turning all of our homes into sets from Back to the Future 2.

With its Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector, Nest has created a system that improves immensely on the standard smoke detector. Instead of incessant beeping, you’ll get a system that scans surroundings using light wavelengths for both slow-burning and fast-burning fires.

The Nest Protect is in its second generation too, so you can trust its functionality even more than you would a completely new product. However, the Nest Protect doesn’t do everything. You’ll still need a security system, and you can click here to find one.

  1. Throughout-the-House Sound: Sonos Wireless Speaker System

Listen to podcasts for long enough, and you’ll hear about the magic of Sonos. You’ll hear how the company’s interconnected wireless speakers allow you to listen to music in any room of your house. You’ll hear how simple they are to set up, how easily they connect to WiFi for streaming, and how well they pair with Amazon’s Alexa.

We don’t have much more to add. All of this is true!

Sonos truly takes surround sound to the next level. Just don’t forget to back up your home power to avoid interruptions in your listening.

  1. Smart Slow Cookers: WeMo Crock-Pot

Here’s something you don’t normally associate with smart technology: slow cooking. Yet, Crock-Pot has joined the home tech party by partnering with WeMo to create slow cookers you can control from anywhere.

All you need to do is download the free WeMo app and then program your cooking time and temperature. You’ll be all set for delicious, slow-cooked, tech-enabled meals!

  1. Habit-Tracking Forks: HAPIfork

This device may seem like as much of a curse as it does a blessing. That’s because the HAPIfork tracks your eating habits, and you may prefer to keep those habits between the plate and your subconscious. But if you want to eat healthier, the HAPIfork can help you, with functionality like alerts that let you know when you’re eating too quickly.

You can also upload the HAPIfork’s information to your computer via USB or Bluetooth for more detailed tracking.

  1. Grocery Shopping Garbage Cans: GeniCan

When you install GeniCan onto your existing recycle bin or garbage can, you’re getting a personal grocery shopping assistant.

Every time you throw an item away, GeniCan tracks it and adds the item to your grocery list. This way, you’ll know exactly what food you use and how you use it. That’s how you create a grocery list with no extraneous items.

  1. Smart Pans: Pantelligent Frying Pan

Smart home tech is great at sensing temperature. That’s what the Pantelligent Frying Pan is all about.

Like many of the devices on this list, the pan connects to an app on your phone. Thanks to the pan’s heat sensors, the app alerts you when it’s time to stir or flip food and when you need to adjust the heat.

Best of all, there’s no special storage required for the Pantelligent Frying Pan. You can put it right into the drawer or onto the rack with the rest of your pots and pans.

  1. Beautiful Smart Lighting: Nanoleaf Aurora

Many of the tech gadgets on this list are focused on function above all else. The Nanoleaf Aurora is certainly functional, but it’s also more than that. This smart lighting system also beautifies your home.

Aurora is a modular system of triangular panel lights. You can connect up to 30 together, and you can control the color and design of the lights, which makes for scenes as beautiful as the Northern Lights from which the system takes its name.

Aurora is Alexa-compatible, and you can dim, switch hues, and turn on or off with a simple voice command.

  1. Roomba Rivals: Xiaomi Mi Vacuum

The Roomba may have been the original automatic vacuum, but it’s no longer the best. The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum has more suction than iRobot’s Roomba 980, 1800 Pa to 1670 Pa. Those are pascal units, if you’re curious.

The Mi Vacuum is more than just a suction machine. It uses a laser sensor to measure distance, map rooms in real time, and position itself accordingly.

Like any good piece of home tech, this vacuum also has an app that lets you check the live status of the vacuum and set an automatic cleaning schedule. You can also switch between three cleaning modes, which are active, normal, and quiet.

  1. No More Flat Screens: Samsung KS8500’s Curved TV Screen

We know not all home technology freaks care about security or smart kitchens. Some people want to skip straight to the newest advancements in TVs. We don’t blame them, especially when those advancements result in a TV as sleek as the Samsung KS8500.

This 4K TV has great picture quality, but its real revolution is in the curved shape of the screen. This may seem like sacrilege if you’re conditioned to think of a flat-screen TV as top-of-the-line. But this TV’s screen isn’t convex like the clunky units of old.

The Samsung KS8500 uses a concave curve to minimize glare and allow TV watchers to view their favorite movies and shows from as many angles as possible.

  1. Self-Watering Planters: Click & Grow Smart Garden

Let’s end our smart home exploration with technology that applies to a more organic area of the house: the plants.

Click & Grow’s Smart Garden unit allows green thumbs to relax a little on monitoring their little carbon-based babies. You drop your plant cartridges into the container, fill the reservoir, and then it dispenses water and nutrients to your plants for around a month. All you need to do for your plants is enjoy them.

Smart Home = Happy Home

We hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of home tech trends you’ll see more in the coming years. The field is full of exciting gadgets and only getting more full.

If you familiarize yourself with these products now, you can get ahead of your neighbors in creating the smartest home in the neighborhood.

Once you’ve finished your smart home exploration, be sure to check out our other technology guides.