No traffic jams, no traffic reports,
no traffic. Just me, puttering
across the lake, hearing the
distant splash of a duck and
watching the steam from my
coffee disappear into the mist
rising from the water. And the
only meeting on my agenda
this morning is with a
Tell‘em it’s better at
MORNING COMMUTE NOW. MORNING COMMUTE NOW.
allow you to control small appliances, with the “WeMo”
app, in the upcoming months.
Phillips is also getting into the act of home automation, but going straight to the source, by introducing
their “Hue” line of smart connected LED lights. The
unique feature, besides the bulb itself being “smart and
connected,” is that not only can you control whether the
“Hue” is on or off, but you can control and schedule the
light’s brightness. Dim the lights slowly in the evening at
a certain time for sleep or slowly brighten to wake you
up. The “Hue” has another trick up its sleeve. The “Hue,”
true to its name, can change colors, almost any color,
on demand. You pick a color from a picture on your
computer or smartphone and the “Hue” will mimic it.
Feeling blue, have the “Hue” match your mood.
This is just the beginning—
One new company Ninja Blocks has introduced a
home control and sensing device named “The Sphere.”
The device learns your environment by building a
model of your home by locating and learning your
smart devices. The sphere even has eyes that can see
hand gestures and use them to control light and devices
throughout your home.
Another company Energy Aware Technology is coming out with a device to monitor energy use at the
breaker panel in your home. The device, by watching
electrical impulses, learns the electrical signature associated to each appliance use. Once it knows your appliances it can monitor and control your home by knowing
what devices are used at any point in time. It can let you
know when appliances are not performing correctly just
by watching their energy signature.
How Can I Make it All Work Together?
Revolv may provide that answer. The Revolv hub is
packed with multiple wireless radios that support almost
all of the existing home automation protocols including
Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, Insteon, and will allow a single smartphone app to control everything including Philips “Hue”
bulbs, Sonos wireless music system, Yale locks, “Belkin
WeMo,” and Nest thermostats with more devices being
added every day.
The internet of things is definitely coming. With
more companies offering packages of services and new
and old companies alike providing more and smarter
devices to better manage our homes, soon all there will
be left for us to do is relax and enjoy. I-L