While Siri and Google Now are well-established smartphone features, it is in the smart home that voice control systems will live out their full potential. Smart TVs, smart refrigerators, smart plugs, and more will extend the reach and simplicity of managing the smart home environment using voice. With ABI Research forecasting more than 120 million voice-enabled devices to ship annually by 2021, voice control, which combines speech recognition and natural language processing, is quickly becoming the key user interface within the smart home.
You’ve undoubtedly heard about smart refrigerators and home temperature monitors, but how familiar are you with connected cattle and gardens? There’s a whole weird world out there of connected devices, ready to take over your life.
Intel estimates that by the year 2020, there will be 26 connected things per person. That’s an increase of 185 billion new smart devices in the next five years. So basically, your scale will be connected to your fridge, which will be connected to your exercise equipment. But it goes far beyond that. Everything that you can imagine being connected (and many things you would never think of) will be made into smart devices.
Thanks to The Internet of Things (IOT), millions of “hyper-connected” smart homes, smart cities, smart refrigerators, and smart cars are coming down the pike, with the promise of helping people and businesses run simple while creating an estimated $65 trillion in global trade. A never before seen powerful infrastructure must be able to accommodate the massive volumes of data these “things” generate.
The global household smart appliance market is projected to grow from $3.06 billion in 2011 to $15.12 billion in 2015, according to the new “Smart Appliance Report” from Zpryme.
Looking at the top product types projected for smart grid interoperability, in 2015 the global market size for smart washers and smart refrigerators, respectively, will reach $3.54 billion and $2.69 billion.