2009 vs 2019 – How has home tech evolved in the past 10 years?


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The recent 10 Year Challenge trend proved that a lot can change in a decade. And turning the challenge to our homes shows just how radically the way we live and what we do inside them has changed too. Here are some of the ways smart technology has fundamentally changed our daily lives within the home since 2009…

Speaking to our speakers

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Amazon Echo has changed the way we listen to music forever, as now all you need to do to play your favourite tracks is to simply ask Alexa. If you’d have tried to speak to your iPod dock back in 2009, you might have received some funny looks. Conversely, plugging an iPod Mini into a speaker dock these days would certainly raise a few eyebrows…

We’ve turned up the heat on oven tech

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We’ve taken cooking to new levels in the last 10 years. Ovens from Electrolux and Hoover now contain cameras so you can keep an eye on your food from your phone, wherever you are. Whilst this is certainly a handy gadget on the whole, it does mean that there aren’t any excuses for burning dinner anymore…

Robots keep our homes clean

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These days, we don’t even have to lift a finger to keep our homes tidy – that’s what robot vacuum cleaners are for. Using the latest mapping technology, these hoovers autonomously clean up after us – keeping on top of our crumbs and spillages, so we don’t have to.

Time’s up for traditional alarm clocks

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We’ve seen some major alarm clock advancements since 2009. From apps that force you out of bed in the mornings whether you like it or not, to alarms that mimic the rising sun and even ones that run away from you… Whatever next?

A sprinkle of tech in our gardens

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Long-gone are the days of needing to manually water your plants. With Eve Aqua, you can control your sprinklers from your phone, turning them on remotely to keep your garden green with zero effort.

The evolution of the doorbell

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Electric doorbells have been commonplace since the early 1900’s, yet only in recent years have they been radically revolutionised. A far cry from a humble door knock, doorbells these days have built-in cameras that link to your phone, so you can see what’s going on at your front door wherever you are in the world.

Who knows what the next 10 years have in store for your new home?