Smart homes have quickly become a reality in our world, accelerated rapidly by the pandemic. With people spending more time in their homes, they have invested a lot of money into making their homes smarter and more comfortable.
Consumers want convenience in all aspects of their life, creating demand for total integration and control of the home at your fingertips. Every appliance in a smart home is connected to each other via the internet, allowing the user to remotely control functions such as home security, temperature, lights and home theater.
According to Statistica, the number of smart homes worldwide was 258.54 million in 2021, and this number is growing exponentially as there are a lot of benefits to switching to smart home appliances- safety, efficiency, simplicity.
Some examples of smart home appliances:
• Clothes washers and dryers
• Automatic vacuums
• Ovens and microwaves
• Security cameras
• Coffee makers
• Smaller items like door locks, thermostats, and light bulbs
As more smart devices become connected to the network, we run the risk of overcrowding the Wi-Fi signal and decreasing functionality. Manufacturers of smart appliances will need to search for solutions to maintain the efficiency and quality of the products they sell.
Many of these smart devices have audio functions embedded, which brings up several issues for the user and their experience. With the increasing number of devices connecting at a time, it is necessary to keep audio separate from the Wi-Fi network. Wi-Fi can in theory send uncompressed audio; however, that is in a vacuum where there aren’t several other devices operating at once. In the case of smart home networks, the audio would take up too much of the bandwidth, slowing the other devices down, and significantly lowering the quality of audio.
Audality has built the perfect solution for HD audio within the smart home. Audality's WiC® wireless technology works on its own dedicated network, transmitting without interruption and was designed specifically for audio. This allows users to listen to 24-bit uncompressed audio while seamlessly integrating into the smart home. More and more audio-equipped appliances will join the smart home network, so companies should design with this in mind, starting by dedicating all audio to WiC®wireless transmission.