The professional AV community discussion on voice automated control has been lively, and it should come as no surprise that many herald 2017 as "The Year of the Smart Home."
A recent study from Coldwell Banker Real Estate and Vivint Smart Home found the two trends converging in actual end-user's homes. According to the study:
- 72% of Americans with smart home products also want voice control.
- Of that group, 81% of parents who have smart home products desire to control the products with voice activation.
- 48% of Americans with smart home products currently have voice control capability.
The study also uncovered the actual deployment of the technology:
- 57% of Americans who own smart home products with voice control use the feature to control entertainment, such as playing music or controlling TVs.
- 33% of Americans who own smart home products with voice control use the technology for lighting control, security and shopping.
Sean Blankenship, chief marketing officer for Coldwell Banker, stated in the report, "We're not surprised that so many Americans want to be able to use their voice to control smart home products because it makes for a much more intuitive user experience."
The complete report is available online.