TECH IN­NO­VA­TION: Wel­come to the smart home era FROM DIG­I­TAL HEAR­ING AIDS TO SMART TVS AND RO­BOT LAWNMOWERS, SMART IN­NO­VA­TIONS ARE AL­READY MAK­ING OUR LIVES EAS­IER

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THE fu­ture of your home is likely to be a more con­nected one, as dig­i­tal in­no­va­tion con­tin­ues to work to­wards mak­ing our lives both eas­ier and greener.

The world in 2019 would once have been imag­ined with cities in the sky, fly­ing cars and com­muter jet-packs. And while our re­al­ity is not quite as science fic­tion as past pre­dic­tions, it is a pretty clever one.

Over the past 20 years, in­no­va­tion and in­ven­tion have qui­etly shaped how we live and work – with the con­tin­u­ing evo­lu­tion of smart home con­nected ap­pli­ances, light­ing and heat­ing sys­tems, and even smart me­ters.

Smart me­ters are not only an easy tool to track en­ergy use in the home, but the smart me­ter roll­out will sup­port the coun­try in adapt­ing to new, greener ways to gen­er­ate en­ergy, such as wind or so­lar power. Smart me­ters will also help to in­form the smart grid about near real-time en­ergy us­age and will fa­cil­i­tate a shift to­wards a cleaner, flex­i­ble sys­tem for a more en­ergy ef­fi­cient fu­ture.

More ef­fi­cient en­ergy use is not the only smart devel­op­ment we can look for­ward to within our homes. The ma­jor­ity of house­holds in the UK have ac­cess to the in­ter­net and this is paving the In the last four years there has been a surge in smart TV pur­chases, with al­most half of the UK’s pop­u­la­tion now own­ing one – al­low­ing us to watch what we want, when we want.

But it’s not just en­ter­tain­ment that has been im­pacted by dig­i­tal tech – you can get con­nected de­vices to help you do all sorts of tasks in the home: from au­to­mated vac­uum clean­ers, re­mote video se­cu­rity cam­eras and voice­ac­ti­vated light­ing sys­tems, to app con­trolled heat­ing sys­tems and smart me­ters, which show ex­actly how much en­ergy you are us­ing in pounds and pence, via an in-home dis­play.

All of these are rel­a­tively re­cent in­no­va­tions that, even if they had been show­cased 20 years ago, would have seemed more science fic­tion than science fact.

“In the past few years, we’ve seen

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