Currently Reading

Brave New Kitchen: From Family Hub to Smart Home Hub


Brave New Kitchen: From Family Hub to Smart Home Hub

March 26, 2018
high-tech home camera in a smart home
Photo: Unsplash

Manufacturers of home appliances and other products, along with tech giants like Amazon and Google, are hoping to bring interconnectivity into homes, and specifically into the kitchen.

“Will we see a reinvention of the kitchen like we saw in the living room?” says podcaster and tech analyst Michael Wolf. “I don’t think it will happen overnight. There’s going to be a lot of skepticism.” The New York Times reports that just five percent of U.S. households currently own smart appliances. Yet, the kitchen is a great source of wealth for manufacturers. According to Allied Market Research, the global kitchen appliances market is expected to grow to $253.4 billion by 2020, up almost $79 billion from 2014.

To take advantage of the frequency with which these devices end up in kitchens, the companies are expanding on those products with voice-controlled smart screens. Last year, Amazon debuted Echo Show, which can load step-by-step recipes on the screen. Google this year unveiled Smart Display, a software system that it shares with manufacturers like Lenovo ... But those devices have also raised privacy questions. The screens constantly listen for voice commands, and they include cameras for placing video calls. 

Read more

Related Stories


There’s an Intense Land Rush Happening Now—But Not in the Physical World

There’s a land rush, but it’s not happening in the U.S., or any other country for that matter. It’s happening in virtual reality. The demand for…

Home Technology

Smart Home Tech for Aging in Place

Aging in place and smart technology expert Ryan Herd discusses what smart technologies are best suited for homeowners wanting to age in place,…

Smart Home

The Latest and Greatest in Smart Home Tech

Smart technology once only lived in sci-fi, but there’s a plethora of affordable, reachable smart home products on the market—and homebuyers want…


More in Category

Never before have home builders had to navigate a market where houses are pre-selling fast while the cost of so many resources is rising and so many supplies are constrained at the same time


Create an account

By creating an account, you agree to Pro Builder's terms of service and privacy policy.

Daily Feed Newsletter

Get Pro Builder in your inbox

Each day, Pro Builder's editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Save the stories you care about

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

The bookmark icon allows you to save any story to your account to read it later
Tap it once to save, and tap it again to unsave

It looks like you’re using an ad-blocker!

Pro Builder is an advertisting supported site and we noticed you have ad-blocking enabled in your browser. There are two ways you can keep reading:

Disable your ad-blocker
Disable now
Subscribe to Pro Builder
Already a member? Sign in
Become a Member

Subscribe to Pro Builder for unlimited access

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.