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A survey reveals the most desirable tech innovations, as rated by homeowners
Will self-cleaning showers and toilets be features of future smart homes?
According to a new study, 81 per cent of young Australians would like a selfcleaning toilet, while 75 per cent aspire to having a self-cleaning shower.
Clipsal by Schneider Electric partnered with technology analyst firm Telsyte to undertake the study, which found Australians want to learn more about how to get useful technology into what are currently “unintelligent” houses.
Clipsal by Schneider Electric smart space director Ben Green said there was a strong appetite for building an electrical system into homes so owners could better manage their devices, electricity, lighting, airconditioning and entertainment.
According to the study, 42 per cent of respondents said automated lighting was the most “envied” piece of smart-home technology. This was followed by automated blinds (39 per cent), voicecontrolled music (33 per cent) and keyless entry with facial recognition (28 per cent).
“Lighting is a great first step into automation, with many Aussies using it as a springboard into a range of other areas or devices,” Mr Green said.
Safety was another key issue, with 83 per cent believing smart-home technology would be able to help detect intruders and capture data and video.
Seventy per cent would like to use video-recording devices to keep an eye on their pets.
“We often hear that owners would like the ability to check up on their pets, and now they can thanks to smart-home technology,” Mr Green said.