Internet of things struggles as use of smart home gadgets flatlines

The technology giants of Silicon Valley have long predicted that all our fridges, ovens and light bulbs will soon be connected to the internet. But British households have yet to embrace the so-called “internet of things”, according to new research showing that sales are flatlining.

Figures from Deloitte show that the popularity of connected home gadgets has barely changed in the last year, despite manufacturers and retailers trying to boost sales.

Just 3pc of homes own a “smart” thermostat such as British Gas’ Hive technology, up from 2pc a year ago, while only 2pc have installed a smartphone-controlled lighting system – the same as last year.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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