Some 80 years ago, Frank Lloyd Wright created Usonian architecture as a framework for energy efficiency, and aesthetically pleasing, tiny home designs for middle income families. As we look toward the future of connected homes, we’re mindful that sometimes the best approach is to think big while starting small; in this case that means welcoming a new tiny smart house to the Intel IoT neighborhood.
At Intel IoT Insights 2015, we revealed that the framework of our Intel IoT Platform reference architecture is expanding with the announcement of the Intel IoT Smart Home Developer Enablement Platform. As a diverse team of people who pack up and return to our assorted apartments, condos, and houses each evening, we spend a good deal of time thinking about how we can improve the way we experience the world around us. That’s why Intel commissioned a nationwide smart home survey asking people to envision the kind of house they want to come home to each night.
“We wanted to understand what consumers’ impressions were of smart homes,” said Doug Davis, senior VP and GM for the Intel Internet of Things Group (IOTG), “What we discovered is that we’re really headed for a transformation.”
It turns out that we aren’t the only ones with smart homes on our minds. We learned that 68 percent of people surveyed are confident that smart homes will be as commonplace as smartphones in the next 10 years. The question now is how do we leverage the unique individual strengths of the Intel IoT ecosystem to connect our homes and our communities? You can read the results of the survey here.
Intel IoT Platform Community Solutions
We think we’ve found the answer to delivering on the promise of more connected communities: Collaboration. After delving into the survey results, we teamed up with Kyle Schuneman, a well-recognized interior designer, to design a tiny smart house. Schuneman worked with our developers, contributing his expertise in small space design and fusing technology and aesthetics to create a livable space.
Over the next 18 months, the tiny smart house lab will help the Intel IoT ecosystem expand on smart home innovation. We’ll work through new ways of thinking about connectivity, expand interoperability through the Open Interconnect Consortium, improve user experience scenarios, and put our security to the test.
Facial recognition technology, including True Key by Intel Security, provides convenient, hands-free security allowing access to trusted friends and neighbors based on preset rules. It can also provide parents and pet owners with suspicious activity alerts when they are not at home. The home can also be set to go into away mode, turning off lights and locking the door, when no occupant presence is detected. The tiny house’s home automation system is also capable of being set to detect when glass breaks or a smoke alarm is triggered, and could even be programmed to alert to the sound of a crying baby.
By utilizing open standards, including the Open Interconnect Consortium, the Intel IoT Platform enables interoperability between three distinct lighting solutions: Philips Hue, Cree and Osram. Despite each light’s propriety connectivity protocols, the app can recognize each one and allows them to work together, thanks to the established interoperability.
We have a real opportunity to greatly improve the way we experience our lives in our communities, our neighborhoods, and our homes. We look forward to continuing the journey toward a more connected future, together.
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