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The living room stage is set: wings paired with copious amounts of chunky blue cheese, beverages sufficiently chilled, couch pillows pleasantly fluffed, security systems set on alert for any friends who arrive donning the wrong jersey. And for all this prep work, you lifted nary a finger.
This could be what your Super Bowl looks like in a few years. Several technology advancements are trending toward rapid adoption across the United States, and in as little as 10 years, our homes might function very differently because of it.
While many of 2025’s home technologies exist today, they will see significant improvements and widespread adoption.
Home security systems, for example, have existed for decades. But research suggests that only now — as personal technology gets more deeply embedded in everyday life — are we seeing an upward consumer adoption trend.
ADT, one of the first connected-home security companies, reported a 19 percent increase in subscriptions last year to Pulse, its newest, remote control system that enables operation via tablets and smartphones. Today, users can monitor homes from afar via connected devices and even remotely answer their doors. These capabilities are likely to become ubiquitous in another 10 years. In 2025, you’ll be able to direct that friend donning the opponent’s jersey to the backdoor without ever stepping away from the spinach dip.
Fewer homes across the country are living without broadband Internet in 2015. In fact, research shows that from 2010 to 2013, the household penetration of broadband rose from 67 percent to 74 percent and subscriber numbers went from approximately 84 million to just under 100 million. By 2025, broadband networks could be supporting billions of new connected devices. Wireless and Bluetooth devices will also be prevalent and increasingly interconnected. Home security systems will be able to automatically switch off as you enter the home, switch on lights and heat to pre-defined levels, and turn on home sound systems playing the pregame coverage you were just listening to in the car.
Homes of the future will connect all appliances and electronics to a main hub that allows devices to talk to each other. A lamp might flash three times to warn of a government-issued emergency (heaven forbid during the Big Game). Floors and countertops will auto-disinfect when the lights go off. Kitchens will be equipped with integrated 3D printers to replenish supplies when low. Even toilets will understand when to conserve and how much water to use when flushing. All of this could make for a more efficient, successful party for both hosts and guests.
As demonstrated at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, televisions will remain a fixture in the household of the future, with advancements making televisions bigger, thinner and smarter. By 2025, large screen Smart TV’s will be programmed to remember favorite networks and shows, so come game time, you will only have to endure commercials from brands you’ve deemed relevant. And for those who aren’t satisfied with watching the game from an uber-connected, smart home, virtual reality will offer experiences that simulate live-action viewing, transporting fans right to the sidelines.
This story is based on research conducted by Ovum in partnership with Windstream that will soon be available in the report Smart 2025: The Future of the Connected Home and Community. Ovum conducted the study through its 180 analysts worldwide who offer expert analysis and insight across the IT, telecoms, and media industries.
Sarah Day is senior vice president of small business and consumer at Windstream.
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