In today's society, the topic of interest we are discussing is the evolution of today's technology. But what do we mean by that? We have become an isolated community where our lives revolve around technology and its advances, but what do we mean by SMART technology?

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So what exactly is Smart Technology?

In today’s society, the topic of interest we are discussing is the evolution of today’s technology. But what do we mean by that? We have become an isolated community where our lives revolve around technology and its advances, but what do we mean by SMART technology?

According to Netlingo, the term SMART comes from the catchy acronym “Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology.” Different kinds of competent techs include smart and intelligent connected devices. These examples are individual to the next, but what do they all do?

According to theecoexperts.co.uk, 23% of Britain’s 66.44 million people have an intelligent item, according to YouGov’s 2018 survey. They also stated that by 2018 there would be 17 billion related items worldwide, and by 2025 this figure is predicted to be more than double, rising to 34.2 billion globally. These figures show the rapid spread of intelligent devices in today’s world. Theecoexperts state that 98% of smart device owners were satisfied with them with analytics in 2014, and only 11% of UK households had a smart TV which by 2019 increased to 48%. These products’ popularity has continued to grow and more households aged 35-49 dominate the current market.

What are the advantages?

Homes now branded as “smart homes” have taken over the market. The appeal of having a system that has to be integrated to meet consumers’ needs has never been more popular. This technology is significantly more convenient than previous ones. It is more convenient to turn on the thermostat before coming home from work on a cold night, which is a huge benefit! Simple advantages of using this technology can include convenience of using it.

Another great advantage is that smart homes have more advanced home security equipment. Products like the wired Ring doorbell retailing at £89.99 are a great example of these security systems. This technology, at the click of a button, is convenient and practical for significant holidays, birthdays or high anxiety worries. Using the security cameras that can be controlled from your smartphone has never been easier; not only checking who is at the door, but files can be saved for situations where police need to be involved. 

What are the disadvantages?

However, with the above points, the disadvantages include the initial costs. As stated above, the wired Ring doorbell retails at £89.99; however, depending on what customers are looking for, the wireless doorbell can set you back the same £89.99 without extra add-ons like a chime or the echo show. Each add-on can give customers better peace of mind, whether for packages or if you’re working; you can see who is at your door when not home. Additionally, the Hive heating system is £179 without discounts or add-ons like the Hive Heating Plus subscription of £30.99 per annum or £3.99 per month. This technology is excellent to have at hand, but with the initial cost and convenient add-ons slowly raising the price, the product alone might not seem worth it. 

The self-explanatory issue with this advanced tech is that most technology needs the internet. The main problem comes to fruition with power outages. Most devices have a backup that makes them still working, but the functions of your intelligent machine will be lost until you can connect to the internet again. 

Overall SMART technology hasn’t been around long but has put its print into society. Looking back to our previous normality, we never could have expected that we could control our heating systems outside our home. Now, looking into this topic, perhaps the question we need to ask ourselves isn’t what will come next, but when will it happen?

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