Smarthome devices, which allow the remote monitor and control of home features, are a booming industry with major players and mass adopters. Automation technologies have been around for decades (recall The Clapper), and consumers can still purchase separate technologies to control thermostats, sprinkler appliances, or door locks.

These days, smarthome hub systems are available to manage disparate functions through one centralized interface that can be accessed on a user’s smartphone or tablet. Homeowners and renters alike have taken notice. They want smart home devices for lots of different reasons, but security and energy management are among the most significant. Experts suggest the global home automation market will be worth $81,645 million by 2023.


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Get to Know the Lingo

There are several keywords used for this evolving industry:

  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Home automation 
  • Smarthomes or smart homes
  • Intelligent homes
  • Automated homes
  • Wired homes
  • Connected homes

The Basics

COVID-19 Pandemic Impact Pushing Smart Home Voice Control Devices to Predicted 30% Growth (TechRepublic, Apr. 1, 2020)

How IoT Devices & Smart Home Automation Is Entering Our Homes in 2020 (Business Insider, Jan. 6, 2020)

Are Smart Homes Worth the Investment? (How-To-Geek, Nov. 10, 2019)

5 Reasons Why Our Homes Are Still Dumb and One Big Thing to Do About It (Forbes, Sep. 1, 2019)

The Advantages of a Smart House (SFGate)

How to Get Started

Beginner's Guide to Setting up Your First Smart Home Devices (IGN, Dec. 13, 2019)

Which Smart Home Gadget Should You Buy First? (CNET, May 6, 2019)

How to Set Up Your Smart Home: A Beginner's Guide (PCMag, Mar. 27, 2019)

Want To Get Smart? Here’s How ... Ten Things You Can Do Today to Get Started in the Smart Home Market (Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, Dec. 2018) E

Smart Home Guide for Beginners: Make Your Home More Convenient to Live in Without Spending Lots of Time or Money (TechHive, Aug. 15, 2018)

Benefits: Energy Efficiency & Security

The Best Home Security Systems in 2020 (Digital Trends, Mar. 10, 2020)

Our favorite DIY home security systems of 2020 (CNET, Mar. 1, 2020)

What You Can Do Today to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient (Vivint, Sep. 27, 2019)

How to Save Money and Energy With Smart Home Devices (WIrecutter, May 14, 2019)

How to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient, and Smart (Wired, Feb. 5, 2019)

Beyond Novelty: Smart Homes for Safety, Security, and Personal Well-Being (IoT Evolution, Sep. 18, 2018)

Top 10 Benefits of Automating Your Home (Freshome)

Home Automation for Seniors or Disabled

6 Ways Seniors Can Use Google Home to Make The COVID-19 Quarantine Easier (CNet, Mar. 28, 2020)

Boomers and Seniors Finding Great Benefits from Smart Home Technology (Forbes, Dec. 6, 2019)

9 Smart Home Devices for Aging in Place (Dwell, Feb. 13, 2019)

High-Tech Homes: Unlocking the Doors of Possibility: How Smart Homes Are Helping Veterans Regain Their Independence (Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, Dec. 2018) E

A Survey on Smart Homes for Aging in Place (IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Sep. 2018)

How a Smart Home Empowers People with Disabilities (NBC, May 9, 2017)

Security Issues With Home Automation Systems

McAfee Research Highlights Security Concerns With Smart Home Technologies (Forbes, Jan. 9, 2020)

Smart Home Attacks Are a Reality, Even as the Smart Home Market Soars (Cisco, Jan. 30, 2019)

In the Rush to Join the Smart Home Crowd, Buyers Should Beware (The New York Times, Jan. 22, 2019) 

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