The New Year: A time when we take a look at the previous year’s successes and foibles and plan for the next. 2016 is going to be an exciting year for home entertainment and control as new technologies become more mainstream, content becomes more exciting than ever, car and home become more in sync and technology continues, as it always does, to improve. Without further fanfare, here are our top five tech predictions for the 2016.
1) Homeowners will continue the smart home quest. Traditional home automation companies and new ‘DIY’ ones that have appeared on the scene are all endeavoring to capitalize on the smart home market, which is poised to be $71 billion by 2018, according to Juniper Research. DIY Home Automation is typified by products like the Nest thermostat and Dropcam security cameras, with Apple joining the fray with its own home automation platform, HomeKit.
Just because some smart home automation products are marketed as DIY doesn’t, however, mean that average consumers have either the time or inclination to install a thermostat, surveillance system or connected door locks. Just because you buy a bathtub or water heater from the local hardware store, doesn’t mean you are going to install them on your own. Whether you want so-called DIY home automation or a more sophisticated home control system, we can help guide you through the selection and installation process.
2) The Car and home will become more in sync. Cars are more advanced than homes these days, with driverless sensor-based cars being tested now. We predict in 2016 that cars and homes will become more in tune, allowing not just your smart phone but your auto to communicate with your abode, with some manufacturers giving drivers a safe and responsible way to remotely access their entire frequently used smart home devices while on the road. Instead of just your garage door opening, in 2016, you can get your whole home primed for arrival from temperature to lights to music to door locks before you even arrive.
3) This will be the year of 4K Ultra HD. You’ve seen the sets (and if you haven’t, you need to come demo one). They look amazing, especially on a big screen and have been steadily coming down in price. DirecTV recently announced that its customers can expect 4K content starting early 2016, which is great news for those of us who are craving an Ultra HD experience. Netflix, Amazon and YouTube already have some 4K ready to stream and companies like Roku are building UHD-ready hardware. Get ready for a truly lifelike viewing experience in 2016 with more content choices.
4) Smart devices get smarter. As sensors and chips are added to more devices, it’s easier to interact with our devices more fluidly. With this increased smarts, these devices can deliver relevant information quicker than before, and make it simpler for us to program them to suit our needs. Look for more and smarter wearables, for example, with the world-wide sales of wearable computing devices growing briskly in the next few years to projected 175 million in 2020.
5) Content is king. As more and more people cut the cord, streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime are giving the networks a real run for their money. In fact, these streaming services provide some very original programming, like The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt, Master of None and the Mindy Project that are hugely popular in streaming households. Thanks to competition between cable and streaming providers, we’ve got some really innovative and unique content coming down the pipelines (or should we say, WiFi). Look for more unique streaming shows you can binge watch in 2016.
With all this great content and technology, it’s time to do a little sprucing up your system. Call us or come in for something as simple as an A/V calibration or as dramatic as a complete A/V makeover. We’re here to help!