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The Smart Home Industry in 2016 Review

The Smart Home Industry in 2016 didn’t saw much innovation in terms of devices. However, more and more huge tech companies decided to step into the home automation scene. Here are some of the most notable moments and news for the smart home from 2016.

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The Voice Controlled Amazon Alexa Game Room of Your Dreams

We all know that Alexa can play you any song on your smart home speakers. However, have you thought about Alexa playing your favorite song on the jukebox? The guys at Liberty games certainly have, and they’ve created what may very well be, the perfect voice-controlled Games room in existence today.

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Advances in Security of Smart Homes

Based on recent research, 30 million households are expected to switch to smart homes in the United Stated by next year. Family safety becomes the top motivator for adopting smart home technology (63%) followed by convenience (53%).

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Hive Smart Thermostats Finally Receive IFTTT Support

Manufactured by British Gas, Hive is a collection of smart home devices that provide simple and easy to install home automation solutions. While the products do manage to stand their ground on the ever evolving market, they have suffered a lack of interconnectivity, due to the strict walled garden approach of the company. However, things are beginning to change as Hive has officially announced, earlier this week, which they will finally be bringing IFTTT support to their line of smart home thermostats.

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The New Players in the Smart Home Industry – The Yonomi App and the Logitech Pop

Today, the smart home industry market saw two new major additions in the form of the Yonomi App and the Logitech Pop. The software is aimed at delivering a better and more enjoyable smart home experience, while the hardware aims for ease and simplicity in home automation. However, this is not the first time we’ve seen smart home devices with huge promises. Are this app and this device any different and can they change the industry? Chances are, they won’t. However, they are sill two great additions to the smart home market and are certainly worth checking out.