e2save has delved into people’s attitudes towards the latest smart home tech and items owned, per area, across the UK.
Considering the research, we can reveal which UK locations have adapted smart tech the most, based on the average percentage of people that own a smart home appliance.
Smartest UK Areas
So, which locations across the UK have been crowned as the UK’s ‘smartest’ tech locations?
The top five are:
1. Birmingham – 1.45%
2. Leeds – 1.18%
3. Cornwall – 1.15%
4. Edinburgh – 0.93%
5. County Durham – 0.91%
Not far behind in sixth and seventh place is Sheffield, 0.83% and Wiltshire, 0.74%.
Smart Tech Attitudes
So, what are people’s honest perceptions of the latest smart tech?
Well, two-thirds, 66%, think technology changes their life for the better, with almost a quarter, 24%, saying they are the first to try new smart products before their friends. What’s more, 17% say smart appliances make their life easier.
Digital assistants also came out at the top as one of the most favoured smart home appliances, with almost two-in-five, 38%, saying that being able to give verbal commands to a digital assistant is such a time saver.
According to the research, the top three things people use digital assistants for, are:
1. Checking the weather - 14%
2. Checking the internet for an answer to something - 12%
3. To play music - 12%
Smart Tech Lifestyles
Speaking about her thoughts towards domestic smart tech, Nicola Fulstow, MD at SONA, says:
“Smart tech can impact your life positively in terms of health, well-being, convenience, security and productivity if you identify how it can enhance your current habits and lifestyle at home. What’s more, automated lighting and thermostats have many benefits when it comes to saving money on monthly bills, so what more could you really want?
“From my point of view, human-centric automated lighting – for example lights fading slowly on at the same time each morning to resemble sunrise (even in the winter) and coming on automatically for you return home each evening, adds so many benefits. For me, it assists my health through stabilising my family’s circadian rhythms, it makes the house look occupied even when I’m not home, plus the actual light settings are configured for different activities in different rooms. For example, in the evenings, the formal lounge is dimly lit for relaxation, whereas the family room and kitchen are brightly lit!"
Smart Tech At Home
Sarah Barnes, a marketeer from South Yorkshire, also says:
“We’d be lost without smart tech in our household. We recently purchased a voice-controlled device which we constantly use to play music, set our morning alarms, read the news, and provide any information we need!"
"Honestly, it has been a godsend. I also previously persuaded my other half to purchase a smart thermostat which helps us control our heating, on the go, from our phone! In the morning before work, we used to always forget to time our heating to come on at a specific time for when we got home, so when we got home, the house was freezing! Now, should we forget, we can just control the heating from our devices!
The Future of Smart Tech
It’s no secret that smart tech is currently having a BIG moment, as our research reveals, so what does the future have in store?
Wasim Bux, Product Manager at IGO4, says:
“As technology continues to develop, I predict that smart home security will move with the times and offer more complex solutions for protecting your property. Whilst some smart home footage can already be accessed without Wi-Fi, I believe that there will soon be a larger demand for manufacturers to create lines of products that can all work without being connected to the internet.”
Moreover, almost three-quarters 71%, of people think robots will become part of our daily lives, helping humans in most of their daily tasks, 67%. Over half, 53%, also believe AI is the next step in evolution.
And, our thoughts? Well, only time will tell. Exciting things to come…