Today, people want everything to be “smart”. Smart phones, smart appliances, smart autos, smart cities, smart grids, and even smart trash cans are either already in our lives today, or will be in our near future.
In some cases the “smart” moniker may be applied loosely to new products, but the trend is real and overarching. It all stems from spreading adoption of the internet of things. With smart technology, many objects that were once quite simple are now automated, controlled by a phone, or optimized based on your personal preferences – and over time, this is going to change many aspects of our personal and professional lives.
One “smart” trend that is on a trajectory to impact almost everyone is one that concerns the most basic rung of our hierarchy of needs: our shelter.