Recently we’ve been hearing a lot of things around the Internet of Things (IoT), smart things, and stuff like that. One of the most important ecosystems in the IoT realm is “Smart home”, which is a technology architecture for automatizing everything at our homes. This concept has been out there for a while and we already know the basics about it, such as turning the air conditioner or dimming the lights off from your mobile phone. But, how crazy can this get? Let’s take a look at some ideas, some of which are truly inspiring and others that are rather useless.
The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) is always a nice place to find out more about crazy stuff. Watch this video, where they show interesting stuff like 8k TVs, weather-proof TVs, and human-shaped robots. This video shows the highlights of CES 2017 edition:
How about a ‘four-in-one laundry system’, which washes, dries, and removes wrinkles from your clothes, and – of course – integrates with your phone:
Or a trash scanner, which scans the items you’re throwing to the garbage bin, and adds them to your smart shopping list (a little bit useless from my point of view, but it exists). And –not surprisingly – it integrates with Amazon, to order automatically your out-of-stock items in Amazon.com.
Feeling hungry? Why not having FridgeCam, a cam that spies on your fridge and suggests you what to cook, by using food recognition software to tell you what to cook with the stuff you have in your fridge. And it also scans barcodes, to let you know when you’re running out of something (I guess it would compete with the smart fridge and the smart trash scanner).
Time to sleep? Don’t forget about Beddit, a sensor that monitors your sleep patterns (yes, I know many smart devices already do this), but it also monitors the surrounding environment and, if you wake up at an unusual time during the small hours, it lets you know if it’s due to your snoring, the weather or else.
There are many other interesting ideas coming ahead, mostly around smart heating systems, smart kitchens, smart security, smart wearables and smart lighting. Do you have an interesting one to share? Please comment.