To be in with a chance to 'own the home' providers must ensure that quality underpins not only the devices themselves - from conception right through to when the product enters our home - but also customer interactions, our personal data and ultimately our safety. Let the race begin.
Beauty and The Beast set me up with some unrealistic expectations of my household furnishings. Whilst the Internet of Things (IoT) may not yet have given candelabras a quippy sentience, it has given standard home fixtures a secret life. However, this isn't quite the heart-warming picture Disney painted for us.
This has the potential to be pretty awesome.
For years, sci-fi fans have dreamed of bringing holograms into the home. Now a US startup is making that dream reality. HoloVit
For my parents, it gives me great hope that they will be able to stay at home as they age without feeling like a burden. For me, as a potential carer, I see that technology could make a huge difference on a daily basis.
Our homes are filled with an ever growing number of connected devices, but just how safe are our coffeemakers, smart meters or baby monitors from cyber-intruders?
If you’re of a certain age, you may remember watching The Jetsons as a child and fantasising about its domestic utopian future
It's vital to address the pressures of your home network sooner rather than later as the connected home is only ever growing, with new devices inching into every corner.
There is still plenty of work to be done to develop standardised platforms before an 'IoT' revolution can take place. However, it is fair to say that data will be the lifeblood of the complex networks of smart devices which are set to become central to making our lives easier.
Everyone is obsessed with having the latest gadget in their pocket, but for some reason the idea of a tech-filled home still