The “Smart Home” is not a new concept. For years, the likes of Popular Mechanics & other similar media outlets would, ever so often, highlight the latest advancement to make your home smarter. Some of it was interesting, if somewhat proprietary, and others were just too darn expensive or complex for the bulk of normal people to really consider. Recently, Intel worked with Kontron to develop an incredibly small Digital Nexus (details are available here: http://j.mp/SmallestComputer) that can serve a multitude of functions, all while using very standard interfaces, like 3G, Wi-Fi, and ZigBee – and it you can see it works with a multitude of different M2M (Machine-to-Machine) devices in the home:
In this example, the Andre Duignan, a software engineer from Intel, shows how one could control the front door from a standard web browser so that say a neighbor could put a package inside your house without needing to give them a key in advance. Similar functions such as remotely controlling the thermostat if you are going to be working late or even just watching your pets through a web-cam, could be imagined with this system. For more information on what Intel is doing in the M2M space, please see: http://intel.ly/IntelM2M
But what do you think would be cool to do with a fully Connected & Intelligent Home, enabled by M2M devices? Let us know in the comments below!