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B2C IoT App Development

We’re all aware of the current buzz surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT). The Internet is awash with news stories and tweets about some company announcing it has launched an IoT enabled product and smartphone app that promises to transform the way you live your life.

The number of devices that fall under the umbrella of the “Internet of Things” has grown dramatically over past couple of years. We can have smart cars, thermostats, kitchen appliances, and wearable fitness trackers, all of which are connected to the internet and collecting data about our habits and lives. According to Gartner there were “6.4 billion connected things in across the globe in 2016 and they forecast this to reach 20.8 billion by 2020. They also predict that a typical family home could feature more than 500 smart devices by 2022, which seems a little on the optimistic side, considering many modern homes contain fewer than 500 items in total!

But cutting through the hype, what types of IoT devices are making their way into our home environments. Read on:

The ‘Smart Home’ clearly stands out, ranking as highest Internet of Things application on all measured channels. More than 60,000 people currently search for the term “Smart Home” each month. This is not a surprise. The smart home is most definitely becoming a reality rather than a fantasy but still. Virtual assistants are leading the way and we’re all familiar with the likes of Amazon’s Echo. Controlled entirely by speaking, its VA Alexa can be summoned with just a word, used to play music, set alarms and control your lighting. The huge rise in web-enabled electrical appliances means it’s already possible to control thermostats and security systems remotely and it won’t be long until biometric door locks and interactive security systems protect our homes, while gesture controlled appliances and responsive heating systems regulate them.

Earlier this year Samsung announced the 2018 version of its Family Hub smart refrigerator.  This year’s ‘Bixby’ enabled fridge gets the full capabilities of Samsung’s rival to Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. Samsung has also added two new food-centric apps: Meal Planner is a food management app that provides recipes while accounting for food preferences and dietary restrictions. And a new Deals app “gives users the ability to find great bargains and save them directly to the Shopping List or loyalty card.

We’ve even got to the stage where the first smart home is now available to buy in Milton Keynes. As part of the Sommar Place housing development each home comes with the Apple Home app, Siri and Apple HomeKit accessories fitted as standard when you purchase the houses. The home technology is fully customisable to fit the needs of the homeowner and is protected by encrypted security.

Residents of Sommar Place can use Apple HomeKit to do the following…

  1. Automate their home when out and about, including turning on lights, setting the heating temperature and even switching the kettle on when you’re nearly home.
  2. Set a customised scene before they get home, such as the ‘movie night’ mood.
  3. Make their sleep quality better by setting the blinds to open, the radio to start, the kettle to boil, and more.
  4. Check in remotely on loved ones.

A recent survey of 1,100 consumers carried out by DigitalBridge revealed which smart tech people would love to see most in the ‘bathroom of the future’, with automatic facial recognition technology topping the list, with 18 per cent of people choosing this feature.

Here is the list of the top 10 bathroom innovations that consumers would love to see in the next 10 years:

  1. A face recognition system which automatically adjusts water temperature and pressure to your personalised settings.
  2. A hovering drone mirror which allows you to style the back of your hair with ease.
  3. An in-shower voice device that allows you to add shampoo, toothpaste and other essentials to your shopping list when they are running low.
  4. An augmented reality (AR) simulator that shows how a hairstyle could look on your head and provides step-by-step instructions on how to achieve it.
  5. A pep-talking mirror that gives you advice on your outfits based on a link to your personal calendar.
  6. Three taps – one for hot, cold and ‘just right’.
  7. A dressing machine that chooses your outfit and dresses you.
  8. A full body air-dryer.
  9. A height-adjustable sink, toilet and mirror that moves up and down depending on who is using them.
  10. An ambient display which allows you to make a cup of coffee and answer the doorbell from the shower.

In our next post we’ll be looking how Internet of Things tech is being used to transform the commercial world and our work environment – B2B IoT app development.

Get in touch if you’d like to discuss an IoT app development project.

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