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What the tech?!.... How modern technologies are transforming the traditional British home

Posted 3 November 2016 12:03 PM by John Greaves

Tech-savvy Brits want to live in smart, connected homes with smart lights, wifi-controlled thermostats and even robotic cleaners – but alarm clocks and landline phones could be consigned to the scrap heap, according to new research.

The humble alarm clock polled almost nine per cent of the vote in the survey by leading home assistance provider HomeServe, when it came to the question of which home gadget is least important. The landline phone attracted eight per cent.

Previously loved gadgets like tumble dryers, toasters, electric shavers and even coffee machines were also among the nation’s least loved technology.

As it appears the nation is turning its back on outdated tech, HomeServe has taken a look at some of those gadgets that never quite made it as well as those that did – http://ketchup.homeserve.com/infographics/smart-technology/

The future is smart!

The new research discovered that smart and connected home devices could have the most impact on simplifying the nation’s lives, with 63 per cent of those asked believing smart thermostats will become commonplace in the home in the near future.

Smart lights (39 per cent), smart locks (35 per cent) and robotic cleaners (32 per cent) also ranked highly in the technologies expected to transform the traditional British home.

Greg Reed, Chief Marketing Officer at HomeServe, said: “We know from talking to our Customers that they want their lives to be made easier and expect modern smart technologies to become mainstays in the future.

“People want to be able to change the temperature of their house or adjust the lights when they’re away - but it seems that, with the evolution of our smartphone society, our trusty alarm clocks and landline phones may be paying the price.”

The in-depth HomeServe study also reveals that millions of the nation’s homeowners believe modern living to be faster-paced than ever before, with 30 per cent deeming computers, mobile phones and tablets “must haves” and essential modern home comforts in the 21st Century.

And it found that they are turning to technology to make life easier. In fact, overall, almost two thirds of the 2,000 people surveyed said that modern technology was making their home life easier for them.

Based on the findings, one gadget that looks set to succeed is the recently launched, award-winning LeakBot created by HomeServe’s innovation hub, HomeServe Labs, to help spot leaks before they become a major issue.

The smart connected device is designed to detect water leaks anywhere on the mains water supply in the home to help protect against escape of water damage. If a leak is detected, LeakBot alerts consumers via a smartphone app, while also connecting them to HomeServe engineers who can be called out to repair the problem if needed.

“Our study really shows that technology is making a difference in people’s lives,” Greg added. “At HomeServe we’re developing incredible smart technology – like LeakBot. It’s things like this that, we believe, can genuinely help to make people’s lives easier and better.”

The trusty television has now become more important technology than lights, the oven and even that faithful UK mainstay – the beloved kettle, according to the OnePoll study.

Only the home’s engine room – the boiler – is considered to be a more important home gadget (41 per cent) than the nation’s gogglebox (35 per cent).


About HomeServe:

We are one of the UK’s leading home assistance providers. For more than 20 years we have made our Customers’ lives easier by delivering a range of services, including plumbing, drainage, electrics, heating and much more, though our own nationwide network of HomeServe approved engineers.

Over two million people in the UK have already placed their trust in us and turn to us when it comes to fixing, maintaining and looking after their home.

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