Flushed with cre­ative ideas

A sur­vey re­veals the most de­sir­able tech in­no­va­tions, as rated by home­own­ers

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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.

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