First smartphones took on desktop phones, and won.Now it’s the turn of smart washing machines and televisions to challenge traditional home appliances, with analysts predicting their future growth in China could be huge.Fridges syncing up to your smartphone might sound like something from a sci-fi movie but they could soon be a fixture of Chinese households, if companies can make smart technology more useful, according to UBS research.
From the ‘what will they think of next?’ file comes a new smart fridge that scripts a whole new chapter in home appliances.You see, Samsung has just unveiled a high-tech refrigerator that could become the most important appliance in your entire home.Called the Family Hub Refrigerator, this new appliance is loaded with all sorts of cool technology that keeps you connected with your family, better allows you to manage food and lets you entertain like never before.
Samsung is working on delivering a new operating system for the upcoming revolution in Internet of Things, and it plans to make it open-source.The company is interested in the IoT future as it plans to provide a large number of smart home appliances, industrial equipment and wearables that could benefit from interconnectivity.The upcoming OS did not receive a name yet, but we do know that it should assist devices into executing simple tasks instantly, with zero human intervention. To exemplify, the system could instruct your lights to go on before you step into your apartment.We look forward to hearing more about the development in April, when the Samsung Developer Conference takes place in San Francisco.
Nest Labs took to an official blog post to introduce its new Home/Away assist feature. The new feature is linked to a new Family Accounts feature which utilizes data from family members’ smartphones to determine whether users are home or away. This helps Nest automate the entire process of turning on the lighting and heating when entering your home; Nest hopes that it will save you the trouble of having to turn on the heating, lighting and other connected home appliances every time you enter or leave your home.
Amazon’s voice activated home automation gadget can mistake radio and TV programme for human commands- as some owners found out recently while listening to a US talkshow.To activate Echo, users need to ask the ‘assistant’ Alexa to perform a task, from playing their favourite song to dimming the lights- provided they have the correct smart home appliances to do so of course.
By all accounts the Internet of Things (IoT) is prepping for explosive growth. IoT refers not only PC and mobile devices connected to the internet, but also internet-enabled sensors and devices in industrial machines, home appliances, automobiles, buildings, and wearable devices.Cisco predicts that the number of devices connected to the internet will double from 25 billion of 2015 to 50 billion by 2020.IDC estimates the spending on IoT will double from $690 billion in 2015 to $1.3 trillion in 2019, 17 percent annual growth.
Samsung Group launched this year the SmartThings Hub 2.0 to monitor and control home appliances and devices in an Internet of Things setup.Most of today’s tech products are geared towards IoT and the growth of the numbers keeps soaring so it is becoming a crowded space, said CNET. The South Korean conglomerate has a product line called SmartThings, such as, outlets, security, water sensors and more.
The growing number of connected devices, smartwatches and home appliances has pushed Bluetooth to its limits. That means it’s time for another upgrade to the 21-year-old wireless communication standard.Starting in 2016, Bluetooth technology will begin receiving upgrades that will introduce support for longer-range wireless connections, faster communication speeds and support for mesh networking — which allows several devices to connect to each other simultaneously, according to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.“Current projections put the market potential for [the Internet of Things] between $2 trillion and $11.1 trillion by 2025,” Toby Nixon, chairman of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group board of directors, said in a press statement. “The technical updates planned for Bluetooth technology in 2016 will help make these expectations a reality and accelerate growth in [the Internet of Things].”
The Internet of Things is expected to be the next big thing in the technology space, as everyday products ranging from home appliances to industrial equipment are increasingly being connected to the Internet. Samsung is betting big on the trend, announcing earlier this year that it would be equipping as much as 90% of its devices with IoT capabilities by 2017. While this should bring some incremental upside to Samsung’s consumer electronics unit in the form of product differentiation, the company’s lower-profile semiconductor unit is actually more likely to see a substantial upside from the growing trend of connected devices. In this note, we size up the IoT market for semiconductors and look at some of the opportunities and risks for Samsung.
Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve dreamed about living in a smart home.To me, that meant more than just opening an app to turn the lights on; it meant living inside of a sentient, organism-like structure that would know my whims and preferences and would adjust itself to suit my lifestyle.The behavior of my smart home appliances and various interconnected devices would change to reflect my habits. All of this would happen “under the hood,” and the setup process would take only minutes. I would communicate with my smart home by speaking to my home computer. Switches and touch screens would be reserved for “emergency” purposes only.