Connected home is talking to her for years, but it will spread that if the objects connected vying for the attention of consumers manage to coexist, a purpose for which the giants of the technology sector begin also to position itself.
“We must observe the problems in the House from a holistic point of view and realize us that it is the value provided by all these devices when they work together that will support the adoption of the connected home,” summarized this week Curt Schacker, Vice President of the company specialized in software for connected objects EVRYTHNG.
He was speaking at the Connections conference, organized near San Francisco and rightly devoted to the “smart House” and the universe expanding connected objects.
EVRYTHNG offers an online platform to manage the data collected by any object of the House, to which she assigns a ‘digital identity’ through computer chips, sensors and even codes to scan, and Curt Schacker expressed confidence that any object can benefits.
Connected home is experiencing renewed interest with the large in which of heavyweights like Google, Amazon and Apple seem to now engage in an attempt to control what will be tomorrow interface command or information to the consumer’s home.
Google gave last week a first glimpse of a device called Google Home, integrating a virtual assistant with voice command and artificial intelligence that can control other home objects, render services or answer questions.
The patron of the internet giant, Sundar Pichai, praised before thousands of developers an ability to understand and respond to conversations in a natural language far “for what other virtual assistants can do”.
Google Home, announced for later this year, is positioned as a competitor to the connected speaker Echo, that Amazon had launched in late 2014 and that it also includes a personal voice assistant, Alexa.
Amazon has never disclosed sales figures of Echo, no more than for other electronic devices that it manufactures, but most analysts believe that the device was successful.
CONTROL EVERYTHING BY VOICE
“We started thinking about Echo and Alexa, and it was difficult for us to imagine that in a few years, voice is not an intermediary for any interaction with the technology used,” said David Isbitski, a present head of Amazon to the Connections conference.
“It is easy to see that the voice will be everywhere”, he said, depicting a future where, as in science fiction, humans only have to talk to order machines capable of answering them and obeying them thanks to the artificial intelligence.
According to Mr. Isbitski, Alexa software is compatible with anything, “a sprinkler on the lawn to a ceiling fan. A section of the Amazon online shop is connected objects that work with Alexa, and developers are invited to learn new things in the software.
The giant of online distribution has also established last year a $ 100 million Fund to provide venture capital to inventors working on technologies using Alexa.
Today, we walk on all fours”, said Mr. Itsbitski. But “we’re going to walk very quickly and we are all eagerly run to this connected home that we always imagined.”
Apple for its part already trying to seduce the developers with a platform called HomeKit, and to use the appliances to Apple and its own virtual assistant, Siri, for control of connected objects.
Some media are speculating on a possible attempt by the group to mount power at the conference that he organized in mid-June developers: it could make compatible Siri with more applications, and integrate it to a device on which he works aims him also to compete with Echo, said including this week the site specialized The Information.