Technology has become smarter than ever, especially combined with the power of the internet. With over ten million things now connected to the internet, it’s no surprise that businesses are taking note.

Many companies are using internet connections within a number of innovative ideas, which use apps and various devices to transform the way we live day to day.

The use of the newest devices can simplify tasks and make better use of resources that can not only save time, but could reduce the amount of energy used to heat homes, increase savings on home insurance, and even help you to improve your cooking skills.

Here are five smart home technology companies who are doing just that.

  1. TrackR
A pioneer of Bluetooth tracking and digital inventory space have created an Internet of Things (IoT) device that will enable you to never lose your car keys again. The device, TrackR Atlas, automatically keeps track of all your belongings tagged with TrackR bravo or other Bluetooth trackers for simple searching.

Atlas plugs into your home or office to map your space and keep a digital room-by-room list of where your tagged belongings are located, whilst voice activation lets you ask the app on a smartphone or Amazon Echo device.

Chris Herbert, TrackR CEO & Founder said: “We started TrackR nearly six years ago with a simple idea: what if we could pass the task of remembering where items are located to our smartphones and tablets.

“Today, TrackR Atlas brings this concept to life and advances the Bluetooth tracker category to completely automate home and office organisation.”

  1. Whirlpool
The increasing use of the internet to connect people together has been recognised by Whirlpool, who have developed a number of different smart home technologies to create an easier way of completing everyday tasks whilst incorporating ways of communicating.

Their Interactive Kitchen of the Future concept features an interactive splash back and cooktop that connects the consumer to their social networks, favourite websites, and recipes, for meal and guest planning with no additional devices or books required. A personalised touch screen which facilitates live chats with relatives for secret recipe tips and offers wine recommendations for the selected meal.

Alessandro Finetto, senior director of global consumer design, Whirlpool EMEA, said: “The Whirlpool brand creates technology with purpose that gives the busy consumer the time and freedom to do what really matters to them. It is important to us that new products should empower and positively impact daily living; otherwise it’s simply technology for its own sake.”

  1. Luxaflex
Luxaflex® had introduced the PowerView™ Motorisation, enabling users to control their window blinds from their smartphones with all-new wireless technology, which optimises energy efficiency and increases security in the home or office.

The technology allows you to customise program settings and the PowerView™ does the rest, by customising your ideal combination of light, privacy and warmth, keeping your home perfectly in sync with the time of day and daily schedule with the PowerView™ Pebble™ Remote.

  1. Neos
The use of smart home technology could save money on home insurance, according to Neos, a company providing the UK’s first-ever connected home insurance service. In early 2017, consumers will be able to actively protect their home and help prevent incidents using a new technology-driven device.

Homeowners are provided with the latest smart home technology products which have been handpicked by Neos experts. Everything is controlled from one simple app, giving consumers the option to check on their home from wherever they are and receive alerts the moment any of the sensors are triggered.

Matt Poll, CEO and co-founder of Neos, comments: “We’re taking a fresh approach to insurance and giving consumers the option to actively protect the home, people and things they care about. We want to create the best insurance experience anywhere in the world.”

  1. Netatmo
Revolutionary smart home company, Netatmo, has developed the compatibility of its Smart Thermostat with voice service Amazon Alexa, which connects with Amazon Echo, a hands-free speaker that can be controlled by the voice.

Netatmo's Smart Thermostat, designed by Philippe Starck, allows users to save 37% of energy to heat their home by setting a programme to reflect the users’ habits. It allows users to control their heating remotely from a smartphone.

Fred Potter, Founder and CEO of Netatmo. “Integrating Amazon Alexa demonstrates our ability to provide our customers with the most advanced technologies.