Artificial intelligence (AI) was everywhere in 2023 and continues to dominate discussions as we enter 2024. While AI made its debut in various applications last year, it's a familiar player in the realm of home security. This article explores the evolving landscape of home security and safety, focusing on some key trends in 2024 (that don't have much to do with AI).
What’s Trending for Safety Tech in 2024
The maturation of Matter
In 2022, the smart home protocol Matter was released to unify devices and make building a smart home easier for consumers. Matter aimed to unify diverse devices and create a common language for seamless integration. Major tech giants like Google, Apple, Amazon, and Samsung collaborated to establish this protocol, and in 2024, we can anticipate its widespread adoption.
Matter is a significant step toward eliminating the issues of cross-brand incompatibility, making it simpler for consumers to build and grow their smart home ecosystems. With Matter, users can effortlessly automate tasks and connect devices, regardless of the brand, creating a more harmonious and user-friendly smart home experience.
Humans may not be great at multitasking, but in 2024, we'll see an increase in smart devices that excel in this area. The popularity of video doorbells has paved the way for brands to develop home security and smart home gadgets that can perform multiple functions.
For instance, Eufy has introduced a 3-in-1 video smart lock, while Ecobee has unveiled its Smart Thermostat Premium, which serves as a touchscreen control center for connected devices. Established names in home security like Ring, SimpliSafe, and Vivint will need to continually innovate to stand out in a market where devices are becoming more affordable and feature-rich.
Intriguingly, Ring has already launched exclusive home security innovations like a security drone and a rolling home robot. These kinds of devices are likely to become more accessible to consumers in 2024, further enhancing home security options.
Kids' online safety in the spotlight
As 2023 came to a close, over 40 states initiated legal action against social media giants TikTok and Meta, alleging that their platforms posed significant threats to the mental health of children and teenagers. This lawsuit drew attention to the suspected addictive design of these apps, which keep young users coming back for validation and interactions with peers and influencers.
In 2024, we can expect a heightened focus on cybersecurity and online safety, especially regarding children and teenagers. As the legal case progresses, we may witness a shift in how parents and guardians approach their children's online activities.
Products and solutions previously seen as tools for overprotective parents, such as kids' smartphones, smartwatches, and parental control apps, may become essential for families. The adoption of these tools will depend on how social media platforms evolve and address concerns about their impact on young users.
Home security and safety are primed for some significant advancements in 2024. The maturation of Matter promises a more interconnected and user-friendly smart home experience while multitasking devices are set to redefine the capabilities of home security gadgets. Additionally, the spotlight on kids' online safety reflects an evolving landscape where digital protection for the younger generation is paramount.
As we embrace these changes and innovations, it's crucial to stay informed and adapt to the evolving landscape of home security and safety. By considering these emerging trends, you can make informed decisions to protect your family and enjoy the benefits of a smarter and safer home environment in 2024 and beyond.