When more and more start-up brands choose smart home as a starting point, the smart home ecology is getting richer and richer. But too many brands have their downsides, as each company started to build its own platform and service, and the original market became more fragmented. You either choose a single brand family bucket, or choose the star products of each brand, and then download a bunch of control apps on your phone.
At the end of 2019, giants such as Apple, Google, and Amazon announced a new cooperation. They will jointly establish an organization called “Connected Home Over IP”, which aims to develop and formulate a set of smart home connectivity standards based on IP protocols. .
And a recent new patent from Apple is also working on configuring these smart home devices. According to Patently Apple, Apple’s new patent is titled “Tracking and Authentication Based on Modular Wall components.” The name may seem bland, but if you keep looking, it’s a feature that shines.
For example, this patent can generate a floor plan for you.
How to do it? Smart devices communicate via radio with other sensors that relay specific information to a central system. This method can measure changes in the communication threshold of smart devices, triangulate where they are placed, it can also monitor when they send or receive messages, and monitor the angle at which the signal arrives.
The system can directly determine the location of the smart home based on the determined location, direction and distance without any user input or interaction, and automatically generate a floor plan.
It can also make changes to your smart home at any time without the user doing any setup. For example, if you install a new modular accessory switch (such as a smart light switch) in a restaurant, with your permission, the system can automatically recognize it as a restaurant light switch in the app on your iPhone, and Show this switch in the app.
The patent even describes a scenario where the system detects whether a user is an “authenticated” user in the home and gives them graded smart home access based on who they are.
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In general, this patent can automatically detect new smart devices, confirm the room where the smart device is located, and authenticate it for users to configure and use uniformly. But it doesn’t stop there. The system in this patent will use communication technologies such as Ultra Wide Band (UWB), which can achieve spatial awareness like the current iPhone 11. It can detect movement when you’re carrying your iPhone, turn on a light switch when you’re walking through the house, start boiling water when you walk into the kitchen, and more.
Apple files a large number of patent applications every week, and while it can give the outside world a good indication of Apple’s current areas of interest, there is no guarantee that Apple’s future products and services will use these patents.
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However, with the rare cooperation of Apple, Amazon, and Google, the automatic configuration system described in the patent may soon become a reality. like:
Despite the many benefits that smart home technology brings to society, we still need a smart home system that makes it easier for the average consumer to customize, expand and reconfigure their home in an easier and friendlier way .
Not too interesting, not too optimistic.
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