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This week at Google I/O, we’re likely to learn more about Brillo, Google’s oddly-named new operating system for low-powered devices that are perfect for a smart home or internet of things setup. The news about Brillo is intriguing for two reasons.
The ultimate expression of the lazy smart home is probably turning the lights off from your phone. It’s not necessary, and it probably doesn’t even save any time; but damn it’s cool. This switch will let you do that, without needing to be an electrical engineer.
Your refrigerator is sending spam. Your front door is running buggy firmware that tells you the deadbolt is locked (when it’s not). And the kid next door is pirating music over your Wi-Fi network, thanks to a backdoor in your thermostat app. All the internet-enabled things that make your home “smart” are also turning it into a security nightmare.
Having a smart TV or a smart Blu-ray player is all well and good, but what if you could build yourself a smart house? Push, from the electrical geniuses at Schneider Electric, wants to take control of all of your fittings, fixtures and home appliances — everything from your home theatre to your lighting and air conditioning — and let you administer them all from your tablet or smartphone.
There are loads of gadgets that promise to make your home smarter. Smart lights, smart alarms, smart locks, smart everything. But what about your sleep? Is that getting any smarter? One start-up wants to make your sleep smarter than ever with a mattress cover called Luna.
Imagine walking into your house, and tapping a button on your iPad — then seeing the lights come on, your air conditioning change to a comfortable temperature, and your favourite program come onto the TV. You can turn your apartment into a high-tech penthouse and stand out from the crowd, or build a smart home on your very own piece of Australian soil.
Right now, piecing together a smart home, your very own domicile outfitted to perfectly fit your life, is a confusing cobweb of wireless standards, compatibility, and brands — lots and lots of brands. But the first step into this brave new connected world is just giving your home awareness, and that’s what Belkin WeMo’s new sensors, just announced at CES, are all about.
Early rumours may have hinted that Apple had a fully integrated smart home up its sleeve. But after a few WWDCs, we know that’s not the case. And it’s unclear what developers are going to do with Apple’s HomeKit, a piecemeal tease that implies you’ll soon be able to control your smart toaster with your iPhone. But in the meantime, we have this Microsoft concept video from circa 1999, showing the amazing interconnected smart home of tomorrow.