The connected home is no longer science fiction.
“We are at the dawn of a societal revolution. Thanks to technologies, consumers will have better control over all aspects of their daily life in order to better choose how to use the time of their life.. This is not yet another marketing promise, but a prediction by American economist Jeremy Rifkin.
He affirms that all everyday objects will become intelligent thanks to connected features, starting in the house. It will suffice to get closer to home for the radiators to start heating the interior, it will suffice to drive down the driveway for the garage door to open, it will suffice to say "I am there" when entering so that the living room lights come on.
This home will not arrive in the distant future, but it is already available.
It becomes possible to control your entire connected home from your smartphone, shutters until the front door is closed. And the habitat adapts: a sensor slipped under the mattress will detect when you fall asleep to automatically lower the air conditioning or turn off the television. The same goes for thermostats which “learn” what time the whole family leaves the house to turn down the heat when no one is present.
The smart home is also starting to looking after the older ones. The connected home will turn into a service platform. Knowing the habits of consumers will make it possible to quickly detect an incident: if the toilets have not been used for 12 hours or the shutters have not been raised, then it will be necessary to ensure that all is well, otherwise help will be dispatched.
The market has long sought. Computing for the home was expensive, wired and complex. Uses will democratize with simple and intuitive solutions. The smartphone has been there, making it easier to control technologies at your fingertips. All of this is accompanied by a large rollout of high-speed internet, allowing users to control the interior of their living room anywhere, in 4G.
The real start of the connected home was finally given by Apple, which incorporated in the last update of the system of the iPhone and the iPad a new application called HomeKit. This centralize control of all objects in the house or at least those of the American group's partner brands. With a swipe of a finger, it becomes possible to open its shutters or to vary the lighting.
Then Google followed the trend, by buying the Nest start-up specializing in thermostats and smoke detectors connected to the Internet. Last June, Google announced the opening of Nest to third-party developers, who will be able to create innovative applications retrieve data from Nest devices already in homes. Google will also rely on a single operating system and turn Nest into a hub which users can connect all the objects in their house.
The connected revolution is on!