With each new year comes new and exciting gadgets and gizmos to look out for. The world is changing and evolving at a rapid rate, especially when it comes to technology. From innovative toys to simple household appliances, the rate of change is astonishing!

The year 2017 will bring with it some new fascinations including:



Internet of Things” (IoT), is the inter-networking of physical devices including vehicles, buildings, handheld electronics and other items through wireless connections. You are now able to install cameras, home alarm and monitoring systems and access them through the internet at the tap of a phone icon.

While the trend is for inter-connectivity will only continue to grow through the year 2017 and years ahead, it is important to remember the concept of security. Be sure to inspect any gadgets or gizmos you introduce into your home for their security features and restrictions. There is incredible potential for these products but they are often still in a relative state of infancy for development.


Voice Interfaces and Artificial Intelligence

Devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home are becoming more common throughout households, and will likely only increase in presence. This is the introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the home. Devices are internet connected with a microphone that is basically always listening and can be used to help answer questions, turn house hold lights on and even move automated curtains! Learn more about the products in the videos provided below!



With a change in time comes a change in generations, and it’s a time for Millennials to shine in their prime! Marketing will likely see a stronger digital turn as they are posing to be a harder audience to target market for home ownership. This coupled with high rates of debt for millennials is giving rise to a tiny home trend, where home sizes are becoming smaller to be more affordable.


Virtual Reality (VR)

Virtual Reality (VR) or Augmented Reality (AR) products use computer software to generate realistic images and sounds that replicate a real enthronement and simulate a user’s physical presence within it. These VR and AR headsets are often associated with the world of video games, however they surpass even this!

These devices can be used in real world situations, such as helping find friends in a crowd or a seat in a busy arena. Simulations training for jobs becomes a possibility and understanding environments in new ways becomes feasible.

Microsoft HoloLens and Google’s Project Tango are two products bound to make a splash in the marketplace this year.


Be sure to keep your eyes and mind open to the countless possibilities brought before us in the many years ahead! 

Kim Bailey-Brown – D: 519-865-0078
Real Estate Sales Representative
Re/Max Twin City Real Estate
515 Park Road North, Brantford, ON.

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