At the beginning of each year there's a technology conference that sets the pace for what tech items will be influencing our homes for that year.
It's called CES (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show), and it has proven time and again it is the most extensive gathering of consumer technology professionals in the world.
Taking place in January each year, the show is hotly anticipated by tech experts and beginners alike for its showings of the most significant technology trends for the upcoming year.
Based on 2018 CES predictions from Time magazine, we have some exciting technology developments to look forward to in 2018 and in the words of Willy Wonka's Verruca Salt, we want them NOW!
You've probably heard people talking about smart homes and the Internet of Things - these terms mean the same thing.
They both to refer to objects which are not a computer, smartphone or tablet and yet can still connect to the internet. The connection of all those 'smart products' that we slowly accumulate - smart fridges, smart showers and even smart mirrors - to each other and the internet is called the Internet of things.
Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of about 30 billion objects by 2020.
This year there will be a big focus on entire Smart Homes and Smart Cars all connected via the Internet of Things.
There are loads of different Smart TVs predicted to be filling our living rooms in 2018, including developments and variations on artificial intelligence which support voice commands and inclusion of a smart assistants (like Siri or Alexa) which will let you use your voice to control volume, change the channel, etc.
Not to mention the image quality will be head and shoulders above older modles.
No word on 'smellovison' yet, but hey - we can dream.
Augmented reality will be used in smart homes for things like gesture control or virtual buttons to manage household objects connected via the Internet of Things, like gesturing from the couch to turn up the heating or turn on the kettle.
It may sound complicated, but the easiest way to think of augmented reality is the superimposing of dynamic virtual objects on our present reality.
Pokemon Go, the game that took the world by storm in 2017, was an example of Augmented reality in play, same thing with Snap Chat filters.
These developments will change interior design as we know it... and we can't wait!
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