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Shelves that re-order food, recipe-suggesting fridges and buying clothes they see on TV – some of the things consumers want to see in 2019

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A third of UK consumers are tempted by the idea of fitting smart shelves that can automatically re-order items as soon as they run out, 37% are attracted by the concept of a smart fridge that suggests recipes based on what food is in there and 34% want kitchen appliances that can connect and be remotely controlled by smart speakers and/or voice assistants. Surprisingly, 32% are drawn to the appeal of a laundry folding robot.

Perhaps more interestingly, 35% are keen to try an interactive shopping method – whereby they can buy the clothing people are wearing on TV through an app in real time.

Interested in emerging technological trends, analysed the latest findings from Mindshare, which surveyed more than 6,000 UK consumers to identify the new type of smart technology they would most like to own in their home.

It concludes that smart, web-enabled devices that can function and be controlled in conjunction with one another to create a ‘connected’ working or living environment have captured the imagination and wallets of consumers. So much so, that 40% of Brits now think smart home technology has improved their standard of living, according to statistics from Thomas Sanderson.

Looking at the data, found that a smart thermostat which automatically adjusts based on an individual’s body temperature (46%), is the smart technology Brits would most like to have in their home.

Thereafter, a smart vacuum cleaner that can also move items/clutter off the floor (40%), is the next highly desired smart device that homeowners will happily purchase and use.

Shawn Hallums, a spokesperson from explains: “Technology has significantly evolved. We are in the era of instant gratification – where people want to utilise technology that makes different aspects of their life easier and more efficient. Companies have quickly realised this and created a multitude of devices and applications to cater to this apparent need. Now with a plethora of innovations available on the mass market, many of them have proved to be hugely popular and valuable. As existing as well as new technology advances and develops, consumers expectations will undoubtedly grow. This research highlights the new wave of smart technology which is exciting Brits the most. Certainly, enough to want to own and use them in their living environment”.

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