How smart our future home will be?

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Many tech reporters say 2018 is a year for smart home devices. Although it is pretty much another exaggeration to attract viewers’ attention, the booming trend of home automation and smart home technology is too distinct to neglect.

According to a study from Intel Corporation, it is expected that every household will have at least one smart home device by 2025, and by the year 2022, it has been forecast that around 500 household appliance will share the network and connect to each other. Zion Market research A research by Zion Market Research claimed that“ the global smart home market was valued at around USD 24.10 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach approximately USD 53.45billion in 2022.” And the trend becomes more apparent when we see large tech companies, like Amazon and Google, start their strategic acquisition and begin their layout in smart home technology.  

Smart home technology today has advanced even further besides simply playing music and accessing information from the internet.When we think of smart home devices and home automation technology, first thing comes into our mind will probably be Amazon Alexa and Echo. While they are still the most common and popular products people could buy in today’s market, there are many more products in other sectors that people seldom know. Other sectors that are gaining momentum are Smart Kitchen, Home Security and Access Control, as well as Home Healthcare.  I will focus on Smart Kitchen Appliance in this blog as a follow-up to my presentation for Brava Home last week.

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Smart Kitchen

Kitchen is always the heart of home so why not making kitchen an interesting place to stay. The IoT has enabled many devices connecting together which creates possibility of new innovations and largely increases our conveniency. Smart kitchen devices can take over all the jobs from grocery ordering to the final cooking process.

 

Amazon Dash

Amazon Dash Button enables users to quickly reorder their favorite products by simply pressing a button. And it guarantee a fast and free shipping with Prime. You can find the Dash button on Amazon Homepage, Alexa Echo Show or a Samsung Smart refrigerator( Amazon has partnered with Samsung to show its Dash Button on the display screen and make it easy for users to reorder).

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Amazon Dash Wand is a wifi connected barcode scanner and voice command device. It can be used to create a shopping list by scanning any products in house or just saying its name. Then, Amazon Dash will take care of it for you and order it directly from AmazonFresh. If you haven’t heard about Dash Wand before, it is because Dash is still not widely available in the market yet. Amazon Dash Wand is a subsidiary product for AmazonFresh, Amazon’s delivery grocery store, and since AmazonFresh only opens in certain locations, that being say that, Dash could be used in selective cities as well.

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GeniCan

GeniCan might be the first and the only product that you are willing to put straight in the trash bin without reluctance right after you purchase it. Wonder why? Because GeniCan is a IoT scanning device that record the product information from its barcode at the time when you throw a waste into trash bin. It can help you trace your home supplies and storage; if users want to record something without barcode, they just need to hold the item in front of GeniCon and they will be prompted to say what they wish to add to the list. GeniCan also partner with Amazon which means users don’t even need to go grocery shopping themselves, Amazon Dash will take care of the rest for them.

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Hapifork

Hapifork will be a perfect product for someone who has trouble in eating too fast or want to lose weight. It is an electrical fork that detect and measure your eating speed; if sensing an abnormal speed, it will send a gentle warming through its light indicator and built-in vibration motor. Also, the eating pattern, speed, interval of food serving and more data will be collected and sent to an online dashboard and users can access it through App as well.

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Brava Smart Oven

There are a few interesting things about Brava that I didn’t have time to mention in my presentation last week. Brava come with two purchase options: the basic Brava package cost $995 and it contains a special metal tray and a glass tray; the Chef’s Choice package is $1295 and in addition to the metal and glass tray, it also has an egg tray, a chef’s pan as well as credit in Brava food marketplace where you can purchase Brava-designed meal kits and other subsidiary accessories. The egg tray can be used to cook not only one type of egg. Users can choose their breakfast options from fried egg, poached egg and frittata by clicking one button on the preset mode and then wait for their food to be cooked perfectly. Since Brava oven has connected to phone app so users can upload their favorite recipe to the system and try it out instantly.

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What’s next for Brava? Besides figuring out the sizing and zoning obstacles, Brava also wants to integrate machine learning into their system. The built-in camera is not simply a viewfinder for users to monitor the food making process but it also function as a system for Brava to tain its machine learning engine. The camera helps Brava to gather information about the food texture and the doneness in order to train the system and enable it to know what is the perfect condition for different types of food. it That being said, Brava will be smart enough to know when to change the light intensity, how to adjust light, and eventually turn itself off when finishing cooking.
When I was doing research on Brava, I always have the question: Will Pure Light Cooking be the future of kitchen or will Brava’s high price tag prohibit its success? Since the invention of conventional oven and other cooking appliance, the way people cook haven’t been changed for a long time. The implementation of Pure Light and the entire automated experience will be a tremendous shift. As people are always seeking for comfort, conveniency and better quality in living standard, it will be so attractive for people to try it out. However, $995 selling price might be the largest stumbling block for Brava. I think it will be worth asking — for what criteria or considerations, they have set their price at $995, which is higher than all its competitors in the market and how to deal with the competition in pricing?

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In the future, we will see more and more smart home devices appearing in the market and start the revolution in creating a new living environment. I have no doubt that it will increase conveniency, elevate living quality and comfort; but in order to achieve it, it definitely need an organized network and integration between different devices and system. Currently, almost all the tech giants have built up their own smart home system and devices. I wonder, in the future, will it becomes a competitive winner-or-loser game or an ultimate peace settlement? Amazon has announced a lot of partnerships while also acquiring startup to build up their smart-home portfolio. I am really looking forward to seeing how it will turn out in the future.

8 thoughts on “How smart our future home will be?

  1. Hey Jing, awesome post! I can’t believe that by 2025 every household is expected to own a smart device! Now that I think of it, I realized that my family owns a smart Samsung TV but we don’t use it’s Smart capabilities. With all the smart home products implemented, I still feel like there will be some difficulties and problems that will arise. For example, if the WiFi is down or poor, then the IoT might have problems connecting and “talking” to each other. Also, where do people take their smart products to get fixed with an internal hardware problem? I wonder if the manufacturers will make it easier or more accessible for the consumers to troubleshoot and fix any problems in the future.

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  2. Great post! I believe that there are so many smart devices in homes are incredibly useful. Another product is the Nest thermostat that automatically adjusts over time based on your schedule to save you money on your bill! I think that a lot of these devices are very convenient and help households save money in the long run. I like your inclusion of all the Amazon products and how they are really trying to enter the produce market, especially with their acquisition of Whole Foods.

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  3. Great post. The fact that it is projected that by 2025 every household will have at least one smart home device by 2025 is mind-boggling to me. This goes back to the “creepy-cool line” that Professor Kane has repeatedly mentioned in class. As these devices slowly gain the trust of the public, stats and projects like that will seem less realistic.

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    • I completely agree with Tom, I think these smart devices are really cool and innovative but at the same time the thought that every household will most likely have at least one of these devices in as little as 6 years seems a little creepy. It’s like you’ll be unable to get away from technology in your own house. This kind of reminds me of a disney movie that came out in the 90’s called “Smart House”, im not sure if anyone has seen it but its somewhat related to the topic of a house becoming “too smart”.

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      • Yes, I totally agree! It seems a little bit creepy if we have something that could watch us 24/7 and record every action and data of us. It’s especially a concerning issue how will those companies store and utilize our data as well as how to make sure those data are safe. I think next trend for smart-home company will be to integrate blockchain with their technology, and possibly it could be a great start-up idea!

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  4. This is SO COOL! I’ve been skeptical on smart homes but I love the potential of products for a smart kitchen. The GeniCan could be a useful product to learn how much/how often I need to buy certain groceries! Can’t wait to see the impact of these products once they roll out!

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  5. Though I’ve never had or used a smart home type of device, I can see why it’s soon expected that everyone will have one. Granted I can also see why some people can see it as somewhat of a security or privacy risk as well. Nevertheless, the sheer utility of these integrated devices are too great for them not to make it into most homes. I’ve read about some amazing smart devices that I want SO bad. I think it’ll be interesting for Brava specifically to see the kind of learning curve it’ll have to use the device despite the device being “smarter” because it is a totally different way of cooking and understanding cooking from traditional methods.

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  6. Really great post! I had never heard of a lot of these products, which is surprising because they’re capabilities are really cool! A lot of these products seem fragmented and could be improved by being integrated with a larger smart home platform. I wonder when we’ll start to see more consolidation in the smart kitchen market, as these types of products could greatly increase the staying power to the Google’s and Amazon’s of the world.

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