Smart homes seem like something out of a science fiction movie, but new technology is bringing it closer to reality. Nest, a smart home thermostat, uses Wi-Fi to communicate between devices and can be used on iOS and android making it easy for consumers to make the switch. Another advancement is Lockitron, it lets you lock your doors using your smartphone. No more running around looking for lost keys!
Cloud computing is also expected to vastly grow in 2014. It allows for your data to be stored on the Internet, rather than on a physical hard drive. Phone stolen? Just login with your Apple or Google ID and all of your contacts and photos will be automatically uploaded to your new phone. Cloud is also more secure, even if your computer dies everything is backed up online – providing consumers with greater security.