At CES 2018, the smart home is leveling up. It’s no longer enough to simply connect more devices. Those connections must be fast, reliable and secure. Personal assistants are growing in popularity, bringing more intelligence to the home and adding more advanced capabilities, as proven by the broad range of innovative new devices coming to the marketplace with voice control. But there are still more ways we can innovate to unleash a new era of smart home experiences for consumers.
Intel collaborates with innovators in the smart home industry to deliver breakthrough solutions that make life more convenient, enjoyable and connected. These innovators announced some truly inspiring products at CES this year. Here are five examples that show how the industry is rethinking technology for the smart and connected home.
- Bring the fastest possible Wi-Fi to the home.
802.11ax is the newest IEEE standard for Wi-Fi, and it’s going to be a game changer. Compared with its predecessor, 802.11ax will offer significant improvements in peak data rates, throughput, network efficiency and battery life. Just prior to CES, Intel announced the planned expansion of our home Wi-Fi portfolio with new 802.11ax chipsets for mainstream home routers and gateways. The result will be faster, smoother content streaming, online gaming, video calls and more.
- Protect the home network.
The home has more connected devices than ever: smartphones, security systems, gaming consoles and even HVAC controls. Each new device brings with it a potential opening for a hacker. With its new AC2600 Wi-Fi Router Powered by McAfee, D-Link is offering a comprehensive solution that automatically increases security for devices on the home network.
This 802.11ac router with MU-MIMO is designed especially for smart home enthusiasts who want high-performance networking capability without sacrificing security and privacy. McAfee Secure Home Platform automatically protects devices connected to the network, while the Intel Home Wi-Fi Chipset WAV500 Series delivers robust Wi-Fi connectivity even as more devices connect to the router.
- Turn the router into a piece of modern art.
When routers are tucked away into closets, Wi-Fi suffers. It makes perfect sense that this critical piece of equipment should be stylish enough to set on a shelf. That’s the idea behind the new Blue Cave Wi-Fi router from ASUS. The dual-band router combines powerful Wi-Fi with a cool, modern design that begs to be noticed.
Also equipped with the Intel Home Wi-Fi Chipset WAV500 Series, the router can handle the simultaneous demands of many connected devices. It features concurrent dual-band AC2600 Wi-Fi for smooth streaming, advanced parental controls and AiProtection, which offers complete network security that protects privacy on all connected devices. With out-of-the-box support for Amazon Alexa and IFTTT capabilities that let users create automated tasks, this smart router is ready for the smart home.
- Offer the choice of touch and voice.
Consumers love voice-enabled personal assistants. But in some cases, a touchscreen may be better suited to the task. A new smart assistant from JD.com, the JD DingDong Play, will give consumers in China the best of both worlds with voice capabilities and a large, bright, touch-enabled display that can play video. The advanced flagship product features an Intel Atom processor to provide robust computing power and enable new advanced capabilities, such as facial recognition, on the device. The JD DingDong Play may very well be the next step in the evolution of the personal assistant.
- Harness the power of PCs with voice services.
In many homes, people rely on the PC to bring all their digital experiences together, and now they have more choices when it comes to voice services on desktops and notebooks.
With Amazon Alexa for PC, OEMs — including Acer, ASUS, HP and Lenovo— are adding hands-free, interactive access to some of the most popular Alexa skills and capabilities for managing smart home tasks. With large displays, stylish form factors and the freedom to choose the voice service that makes sense for the user, the PC is the ideal complement to the smart home. Intel technology enables an improved voice services experience by offering support for hands-free voice control, Intel Smart Sound Technology for crisp, rich audio and Intel Wake on Voice to ensure the PC is ready to hear the “wake” word and start responding.
Intel technology powers the smart home
The solutions above are great examples of how Intel is working with the industry to transform connectivity and give devices the ability to think and act autonomously. We’re excited to help deliver these revolutionary smart home experiences.
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