Many companies are working on integrated solutions to get a grip on this Babylon of incessantly gabbling appliances. Some concerns appear to take the whole thing much too seriously: The marketing video from BSH Haushaltsgeräte GmbH could well be the most impressive collection of gobbledegook since the invention of smart fridges. No matter how smart the appliances are, we mere humans who buy them still have to be smart enough to understand them. Plug & Play is the solution – and the smarthome solutions from RWE show how it should be done.
Apple, Google and Tesla naturally all have their own smarthome concepts. Tesla is building its first ‘Tesla-town’, an intelligent and sustainable suburb, in the Australian city of Melbourne. Google and Apple are working on more modest solutions that can be installed to monitor and control any home: Google Home and Amazon Echo not only coordinate all the ‘Home Devices’, they are also able to filter what we say to automatically order our shopping or take care of other household needs. The vision behind it is to order a pizza before we even knew we felt like eating one.
According to the providers, we don’t need to worry about TVs and other devices secretly observing our private lives. The devices only do this at the customer’s command. Protection of privacy in the home will certainly be a decisive selling point in the future. Anyone who wants to feel safer at home, or simply wants some peace and quiet, should take a closer look at the intelligent noise canceller by the name of Muzo.