For those wanting to live like the Jetsons or Tony Stark, 2019 might just be their year. As we look ahead to the smart home trends that are expected to dominate the industry, one trend rules them all: The smart home market as a whole is set to expand dramatically this year and beyond, with some reports predicting it to double or triple by 2022.

Major advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML) technology, coupled with an across the  board drop in tech prices, are big reasons why smart home tech is primed for a huge 2019. After the groundwork laid in recent years, more and more people have grown comfortable with smart home devices like Amazon Echo. Now the stage is set for consumers to take full advantage of the latest trends.

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Here’s a quick look at some of the biggest smart home trends expected in 2019. At first blush, they might seem like more of the same, but expect these trends to go from curious novelties to everyday time-savers.

Voice control

Last year it probably seemed like everybody you know got a smart home speaker, such as Google Home. In fact, it’s estimated there are now more than 100 million smart speakers out there, each one listening and drinking in the world around them. Consider them as infrastructure, and expect more of your devices to begin connecting seamlessly with your voice-activated smart speakers.

That’s good news for ease of use. Instead of fiddling with different apps for different smart devices, customers will be able to speak to more and more of the home, from setting the temperature to controlling lights and enabling the security system. Command, and it shall be done.

Scheduled automation

Life is busy and there aren’t enough hours in the day. Luckily, smart home automation can rescue your customers from hundreds of menial tasks around the house each day, such as turning on lights or opening blinds.

As a smart home integrator, your job will enable residents to personalize their daily experience. Imagine their alarm goes off, they wake up, and their smart home’s morning routine kicks in: The lights slowly turn on, blinds open a smidge, the coffee maker starts percolating, and the smart toaster gets to work on browning some bagels. Before any feet hit the floor and your work has already saved homeowners from dozens of tiny and brainless tasks.

Smart kitchen appliances

Speaking of smart toasters, expect a greater emphasis on smart kitchen appliances in 2019. We’ve already seen the emergence of internet-connected appliances, such as ovens and fridges, but these have mostly been focused on simple features, such as remote monitoring and controlling.

In 2019, we’ll see kitchen appliances that can not only be controlled from anywhere, but which will actually take over the cooking process or, at the very least, dish out expert cooking advice. These appliances promise to be truly set-it and forget-it, with gourmet results.

Circadian rhythm lighting

Smart lighting was one of the first consumer categories to go smart, and today it’s one of the biggest sections of the smart home market. To date, most smart lighting brands and products have focused on the ability to create specific mood lighting and change it as needed.

In 2019, there will be greater emphasis on something a little more practical: Managing your circadian rhythms. This is especially important to anyone who feels they lack consistent, quality sleep. Circadian rhythm smart lighting syncs with your smart home hub to closely match natural light and shift throughout the day, just like the sun. As day turns to night, your lights will change and dim accordingly, minimizing your exposure to artificial light, which throws circadian rhythms out of whack.