The Smart Home of the future is all about the user experience: usability, convenience and comfort. In the ideal smart home environment, devices will be plug-and-play, simple to operate, and enhance comfort or deliver convenience in daily life. Home networks would offer multichannel connectivity, deliver value-added services and integrate new digital media trends. This means better home energy management, safety systems, and infotainment options, where connected devices ‘talk’ to each other, learn of residents habits, and respond ahead of time to needs. Multiple applications would be used at the connected home. For more information about the homebound experience and its industries click on “Integrating wearable devices in the connected home ecosystem”
Mike Soucie, Head of Consumer Product Partnerships at Nest, talked about the idea of a thoughtful home at the CONNECTIONS™ conference in San Francisco last week. He gave the following predictions:
1. Self aware concepts
- Self aware home network that takes care of the people inside it
- Anticipate needs
- Handle disaster and safety prevention
- Provide comfort, security,
- Save time, energy and money
2. Multiple interfaces and devices
- Various interfaces to receive alerts, notifications and the ability to take control
- Utilization of sensors, voice technologies, gestures, wearables computing, smartphone
3. Fully immersed home entertainment
- Multi-channels, streaming, etc.
4. Personalization – at home and away from home.
- The house taking care of itself
– Alarm will be set on automatically when the last person exits the home
– Lights, appliances, energy systems, etc. are turned on or off based on each family or person’s habits, wishes, and needs.
What is the preferred user interface for most applications at the connected home?
CONNECTIONS™ attendees voted as follows last week:
- GUI on mobile devices, TV or other product – 41 percent
- Gesture control, video analysis – 4 percent
- Voice control – 6 percent
- Mind control – 24 percent
- Automation – no user interface – 26 percent
Will the smartphone or tablet be the primary ‘remote control’ of many functions and activities in our lives?
Although the use of the mobile phone at home requires at least three to four taps (i.e. steps), simply using the conventional switch is much easier for most people. However, in a five year span the ‘connected world’ players predict that mobile devices would play a growing role in control and management of IoT devices in the home ecosystem. We are yet to see alternatives to the smartphone as a ‘remote control’. Perhaps mind control type of devices will be applicable. In any rate, we can be sure that new technologies will emerge.
The ease of installation and the simplicity of the user interface are key in successfully getting solutions to mass markets. It is appealing to consumers to have a great deal of home devices automated, integrated and connected, where smart software applications would allow many daily tasks to be automated. Manufacturers and solution providers need to bring to market applications that anyone can access and operate.
There are opportunities for partnerships of various domains: home automation with entertainment systems; home energy management and appliances control. When we look at the connected ecosystem at the home, the car, the city, the ‘everything’ – the end product, the device, holds a combination of hardware, software, connectivity and data. Starting at the device and working our way toward designing and creating applicable solutions there is a great premise of many opportunities to explore and deliver.
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