In many industries, the highest consumer attention also belongs to the smart home industry. Relevant industry awareness predicts that smart home will become the next windfall in the home appliance industry and even in all walks of life. So, the question arises, is smart home appliances really smart home?
Nowadays, the development of the smart home industry is in full swing, many companies in order to make their products can be associated with “artificial intelligence”, so in the labeling of products in front of the word “smart”. In fact, smart home is not simply a product equipped with intelligent applications is smart home. In the field of home appliances, the most popular smart TV, it has the essence of the difference with the smart home.
From ordinary TV to smart TV, we can see that it is simply expanded and upgraded in terms of application functions. Users can install or download applications on the smart TV. Can also watch online movies and TVs on the smart TV, play games, can voice operation content, add or subtract sound, etc. Smart TVs can meet the diverse entertainment needs of users. But in essence, smart TV is only a part of the smart home composition, or like the self-powered cell phone, it is only an intelligent terminal, and although it may become an intelligent hub in the future, it does not equate with the smart home.
Smart home is an overall concept, it is a system that integrates various smart devices such as lighting, door locks, curtains, home appliances, security and so on at home through IOT and other technologies, so smart furniture ≠ smart home. While the field of artificial intelligence has gained extraordinary progress, the field of Internet of Things (IOT) will also gain greater development. This will also benefit the smart home industry on the ground.
When it comes to smart home, many consumers will have this idea in their mind, thinking that smart home products can only appear in TV shows or rich people”s homes, otherwise, from the current stage, the reason why smart home is not yet popular, there is indeed a price factor, but simply brutalize it with “rich people”, “mansion”, “smart home”, “smart home” and “smart home”. But it is irrational to link it with words like “rich”, “mansion” and “luxury”.
From smart phones to smart TVs, we can see that the popularity of any new thing will have a stage process, just like when smart TVs first appeared, we will feel that it is very expensive, but now the price of smart TVs has been adjusted after the technology has matured, even ordinary consumers can afford to buy.
At present, smart home is still in the development stage in the global market, and the research and development of new technology and new products are still in the stage of “stumbling start”, but the market and users as the best touchstone of the products, they will not tolerate the products that have not completed the transformation of scientific and technological achievements, when the smart home company cannot cross this gap, it is also very difficult to open the market from the C side. When smart home companies cannot cross this gap, it will be difficult to open the market from the C side.
How to use IOT to live smartly in smart home
Ashutosh Bisht, senior research manager, IDC Asia Pacific, said, “The willingness to implement 5G infrastructure will help accelerate the growth of IoT applications that will benefit from lower latency and greater bandwidth, such as video-focused applications.”
Thanks to the use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology, our lives will become happier and healthier in the future. If you have an advanced smart home, you will find a virtual doctor will monitor your health in real time 7*24 and will not intrude on your personal life.
From checking your fridge ingredients for a balanced diet to analyzing urine/fecal samples, the smart devices in your home can guide you on what diet to follow and alert you to any signs of illness.
A smart fridge can also analyze whether the items stored are suitable for you and your family. Based on food consumption, for example by monitoring how often children consume aerated drinks, the smart fridge can suggest better dietary alternatives. It can even order from e-commerce stores and have them delivered to your door immediately if refrigerator items are in short supply.
At the same time, advanced smart technology can also monitor the regular medication intake of patients on prescription drugs. Smart technology in the medicine cabinet can alert in case of missed dose times or incorrectly repeated doses. Like the smart refrigerator, it can be integrated with e-commerce applications to purchase needed medications when needed.
Future smart toilets will be equipped with sensors that can scan feces and urine to detect potential illnesses in the home user. Beyond that, there are other additional applications for health monitoring toilets, including disinfection and elimination of bad odors. For example, smart sensors are primarily connected to flushers to monitor cleanliness and water consumption, among other things.
Similar healthcare applications include skin monitoring analysis to determine the user”s skin health status, such as the presence of allergies, nutritional deficiencies or other serious illnesses.
Panasonic has reportedly launched a skin monitoring mirror that monitors the user”s health or suggests which products are best for their skin. Another similar product already on the market, HiMirror, provides users with aesthetic and health tips and suggestions based on big data.
How smart homes can use IOT to live smart
By integrating smart solutions into smart devices, a variety of medical applications can be developed. For example, Amazon has tested hundreds of apps through its virtual assistant Alexa. It can not only track female users” physiological periods, but also detect and manage mental illnesses including depression, autism, Parkinson”s disease and more.
Recently, Amazon was also selected to develop HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act/1996, Public Law 104-191, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant medical technology for Alexa This is an important step for Amazon because it means that voice application developers who follow HIPAA guidelines can now create skills for Alexa.
With Alexa, Amazon is in the spotlight in the smart home and healthcare space. The technology giant has partnered with several companies to provide advanced healthcare management solutions for hospitals, businesses and home users.
With more than 100 million smart devices in use worldwide, its ability to provide individuals with health information and even treatment-related services, Amazon is poised to capture the largest market share of the smart healthcare industry in the coming years.
The healthcare IoT sensors market is expected to exhibit a CAGR of up to 12% during 2019-2025 due to the growing momentum of health monitoring applications. In addition, there are several key players in this segment, including GE, Siemens, Texas Instruments, TE Connectivity, and STMicroelectronics, among others.
For example, TE ConnecTIvity has developed solutions for a range of healthcare applications, including cardiopulmonary monitoring and dialysis. For home monitoring, they offer solutions equipped with various types of sensors, including pressure sensors, ultrasonic sensors, temperature sensors, photoelectric sensors, etc.
Vivint offers the SkyControl panel, a smart home security and monitoring system with a touch screen. And the system is compatible with Amazon”s Alexa, Google Home and Nest thermostat.
The smart home market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.02% to $151.4 billion by 2024, with the healthcare sector expected to be one of the largest contributors. While North America is currently leading the way, Asia Pacific will soon see significant growth.
According to a new IDC report, Asia Pacific will be the global leader in Internet of Things (IoT) spending in 2019, accounting for 35.7 percent of global spending, followed by the U.S. and Western Europe with 27.3 percent and 21.2 percent.
Ashutosh Bisht, senior research manager, Asia Pacific, IDC, said, “The willingness to implement 5G infrastructure will help accelerate the growth of IoT applications that will benefit from lower latency and greater bandwidth, such as video-focused applications.”
China is the most important IoT consumer in the Asia-Pacific region, expected to reach $168.6 billion in 2019. Meanwhile, South Korea will spend more than $26.2 billion on IoT this year. India will spend $20.6 billion on IoT in 2019.