Victorians want to “manage the simple things” with smart home technology. Picture: Jay Town
SMART home technology could conjure up images of a galaxy far, far away, where robots are on hand to ensure every possible level of comfort is maximised for cosy homeowners.
But it’s something as simply satisfying as automated lighting that tops Victorians’ want lists.
That’s what 42 per cent, of those polled in the state in a new survey, most desired in the smart home tech realm, followed by automated blinds with 40 per cent.
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According to research organisers Clipsal by Schnieder Electric, automated lighting can be as simple as lights turning off as rooms are entered and left.
But it could also involve an automated daylight sensor which would dim or switch off lights inside a home depending on the time of day.
Similarly, automated blinds can adjust curtain positions in response to voice control or time of day.
Smart lighting, with the ability to create mood lighting, was third on Victoria’s list, with 37 per cent of the 268 respondents nominating they’d want that most, while keyless entry with facial and other biometric recognition came in fourth with 32 per cent.
The difference between ‘smart lighting’ and ‘automated lighting’ is that the former can also allow the homeowner to do things such as emphasise architecture, illuminate art or guide someone down a hallway via a building management system.
Delos’ Anthony Scarff at the Truganina smart home. Picture: Jay Town
Clipsal by Schnieder Electric smart space director Ben Green said Victorians were keen to “manage the simple things”, like turning the kitchen lights off at night from bed.
“Equally, Victorians are also showing they are interested in security, using technology to detect intruders or control their blinds to alleviate privacy concerns,” he said.
“Our research has also found a real trend towards automated technology in the kitchen, which is fast becoming the focal point of creating a fully connected home, as Victorians use features such as automated coffee machines and voice-controlled bins.”