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Living beautifully in a connected world

Living beautifully in a connected world
June 05, 2017

Let’s imagine what it’s like to build and live in a crime-free city, in a connected world that places the well-being of citizens as the first priority. Trees, flowers, and grass are completely self-maintained, traffic flows smoothly and you don’t have to wait in long lines at the store or at the gas station. Services and people are perfectly mapped to make every task simpler, healthier, and safer.

In this series of blogs, I share my vision for the future – first let’s deep-dive into a typical day that’s enhanced by machine intelligence. Next, the second blog looks at fiscal benefits – how can we effectively monetize this connected world? Finally, we unravel the technology that powers this transformation, as I explore the architecture of current potential and future prospects.

Let me now take you on a journey into this brave new world – what is it like to live in a smart home, where every object is attuned to your preferences?

What is it like to live in a smart home, where every objected is attuned to your preferences?

Day and Life

Click here for a preview of how life would be in connected world.

Picture this: as Jane and her husband Richard come home from a brisk bike ride in the morning, the garage senses the tires and opens the door automatically. Jane preheats the oven while pouring coffee. As she’s getting the milk, the refrigerator performs a daily inventory and generates “out of stock” alerts. This information is sent to the store, where internal systems log and manage the existing product catalog. A notification is sent via connected home devices – Jane can pick up the required food item, or have it delivered at 6 in the evening – that’s what she decides to do.

Meanwhile, cinnamon buns from Yum Health are baking. Just as the package is opened, the oven auto-sets the exact temperature.

In the other wing of the house, Richard enters the bathroom. His occupancy triggers the shower and sets the right temperature. The shower ‘knows’ the preference of every family member’s – no adjustment needed.

While they’re having breakfast with their lovely kids Kyle and Elizabeth, their car runs diagnostics – notifying them of parameters like tire pressure, oil cleanliness, and fuel meter. It goes a step further; the smart home systems send a message that it’s best to leave in 10 minutes to avoid delays due to traffic.

Inside, Kyle takes some juice from the refrigerator – but he forgets to close the door. The machine warns him while simultaneously adjusting inventory levels. We can actually see the refrigerator flag expired and spoiled items.

Once the children leave for school, the house switches to energy saving mode that also factors in the current weather. Jane and Richard receive a message that the house is vacant, and the family’s DNA is programmed into the sensor to forestall any intruder.

On the street, speed limit signs ‘talk’ to the passing cars via radio waves, and assesses the actual speed limit. When required, the car goes into auto drive mode, keeping the traffic flow unhindered. Private cellular infrastructure is installed all across the highway – to identify traffic routes that keep distance to arrival time ratios to a minimum.

Once in the office, the lights are automatically turned on and blinds opened, ready for stress-free day. Security systems are embedded with Richard’s DNA – this aligns lighting and other environmental conditions to his unique desires.

At the coffee shop, Jane’s drink arrives with a quick glide – the system knows her tastes and promptly activates a digital transaction. Jane has an appointment with the doctor in the afternoon. Her tag contains all her medical information; she is automatically checked-in by the doorway sensors.

Before dinner, young Elizabeth returns from school – picking vegetables and fruits. In the garden, the soil sensor perfectly monitors the growth of healthy and nutritious food for the family. Just then, doorbell rings – the delivery guy arrives with the milk. His ID is approved by the smart home system and the missing food is restocked. The refrigerator recognizes the new item and recalibrates the records, ensuring the family maintains a healthy and varied diet in-sync with their energetic lifestyle.

As night descends, the connected home devices swing into action. The lights are switched off, the temperature is optimized for rest, all family members – including the pets – are accounted for, and finally the security system is auto-activated.  

Clearly, such a futuristic state of hyper-connectivity will change the behavior of our daily lives. Though much of what I just described sounds more like fiction than fact, the global market is slated to reach $6T by 2025. This explosion will demand innovation from every corner of the tech world – the onus for designing the future lies with the inventors of today.

The global smart home market is slated to reach $ 43 billion by 2020.

Can we depart from sci-fi tropes of ‘evil machines’? Will smart devices break the barrier of human capabilities? In a world when your refrigerator talks to your microwave, where should we position ourselves?  My next blog answers this questions. Join me as I write POV on the best way to capture our market share.

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