At the recent 2016 NAHB International Builders’ Show (held Jan. 19-21 in Las Vegas), virtual and augmented reality reigned, according to Digital Trends.
“The home improvement space is a fantastic place for AR and VR to take off,” said Beck Besecker, the CEO of Marxent Labs, a company building VR applications. While they build them for any industry it’s apparently builders dominating their sales.
When you think about it – as pointed out in the article – “You would never buy a $50,000 car without a test drive, yet when it comes to remodeling, people do it all the time.”
When building or remodeling a home, you can make all kinds of choices in materials, but you never actually know what it looks like until it’s finished.
Here’s the difference between the two technologies: Augmented reality blends virtual reality and real life where can people interact with virtual contents in real life, and can distinguish between the two. Virtual reality is a completely virtual world, which requires the use of headsets such as the Oculus Rift.
With either technology customers can see a project from all angles or see how a paint color or a piece of furniture or an appliance will look and fit in the room. Home builders can even use the technology with existing model homes by allowing customers to tour the home from their home via an app and a VR headset.
Audio and video analytics are a top home technology for 2016, according to CE Pro magazine. They believe this year we will see a decrease in the need for dedicated sensors monitoring such factors as temperature, motion, smoke and fire. Instead much of the monitoring will switch to audio and video such as mics that pick up the sounds of leaking pipes or gun shots, or cameras that use face recognition or monitor temperature via thermal imaging. It’s also predicted much of these analytics will be useful in determining the state of its residents including if a senior is showing signs of dementia.
Another technology CE Pro sees growing and expanding is home door technology. With such trends as homeowners renting their places via AirBNB as well as just wanting to keep their home secure the need for features directly on the door has increased. Some of the technologies include automated door locks, cameras, smart door bells, motorized shades and facial recognition — all integrated directly into the doors.
Inc. recently published a list of game changing inventions, and while few of them were home related, one is sure to change how our homes operate: Li-Fi. It’s a wireless optical technology which use LEDs for data transmission. Li-Fi is intended to be used with the LED light bulbs already used throughout businesses and homes. Now every light bulb can become a wireless hotspot! The technology comes thanks to a German physicist who first introduced it in 2011. It’s 100 times faster than standard Wi-Fi — Inc. says it can download 18 movies in one second!