This is the golden question. We can surmise that technology will eventually be good enough to accomplish just about anything with the push of a button or with voice control, the exponential growth of computing power and the ever shrinking size of hardware will soon make it possible for everything to be connected, but what do we want to be connected?
Connected home systems and hubs are gaining traction but are still somewhat niche, and there will always be a group of people who would rather not be connected completely, either for the fear of surveillance, or for the sake of wanting to do things on their own, not to mention the fear of devices being hacked. So this begs the question of which devices make sense for a smart home and which devices will find a harder time gaining acceptance, even from early adopters and techies.
Some of the devices that make the most sense are smart speakers and some type of intercom, a quick way to control other devices through touch or voice, just about everyone agrees that saving the time of walking across the home to use a device makes sense, even if it’s just 10 seconds, not to mention staying in a cozy bed and changing your temperature with your smartphone is a great convenience, but what sort of devices would probably never gain traction as far as being connected to the internet? Here’s a small list:
- Gas powered stoves and grills
- Bedroom door locks
- Window locks
The reason for this is security. If a gas stove were to be left on of due to a glitch, or hacking, it could lead to a disaster, same goes for the windows and door locks, people will always want a mechanical system rather than a digital one when it comes to protecting their loved ones in the bedroom. Just about everything else in the home could be made more convenient by having it connected, some of the items which don’t yet exist but one day may be standard issue in connected homes:
- Counter tops and tables
Let’s quickly run through this list and speculate on how these home fixtures could benefit by being connected.
Toilets that could analyze your waste in real time and either send the results to your doctor, or the more likely scenario, analyze the results against an online database of chemicals that signal the early onset of disease or some kind of ailment.
Connected bathtubs could start filling themselves on your drive home from work so it’s ready when you get home.
Counter tops and tables with designated charging stations where one could simply lay their phone down to start charging (these types of charging devices already exist for android phones), this technology could be integrated not just in the home but all public places as well, at least until wireless charging becomes a reality.
Walls that turn into a television by tapping them, the user could then pinch zoom/expand to achieve the desired size and location of the viewing screen.
Finally, windows that shade or lighten themselves according to one’s own sunlight and/or heating preferences, this would of course be the succession to smart blinds that are already on the market.
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