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During their CES keynote speech, Samsung outlined their disappointment at the technology industries lack of initiative in creating devices compatible with the “Internet of things”. Specifically, Samsung’s Chief Executive Boo Kuen Yoon, spoke of the need for tech companies to increase their collaboration for IoT devices. But what is the internet of things, and why will become an increasingly large part of our lives?

Essentially, a device is compatible with the Internet of Things when it is kitted out with the means to connect to the internet. To me and you then, an IoT device is a Smart device.

At present, this mainly amounts to increased connectivity to existing tech. Things such as Smart TV’s and games consoles have had the capability to connect to the web for quite some time. The next step for IoT is to bring previous ‘brain dead’ items the Smart makeover, and Samsung are taking a lead on the concept.

 

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So much in fact, that during the same keynote speech mentioned above, Yoon also proclaimed each and every Samsung product would be IoT ready come 2020. In doing so, Samsung hope to create the truly connected home, and with it take our lives to new levels of convenience.

 

The Daily Smart Life

So what might a typical smart-day consist of? Well, here’s just a few ways in which your life will be becoming Smart in the years ahead.

Come home from work in your autonomous car, and you hop out before you get to the garage. The garage door senses the car’s presence, opens up, and the car drives itself in. Head into the house, scanning the smartphone enabled smart lock on the front door as you pass.

You’ve been kicking back during your escort home, relaxing to some laid back sounds with your headphones on. Walk in the house, and your headphones have beamed that same music onto your home sound system. That’s joined by the lights, who are notified of your arrival and illuminate the room in which you stand.

Before you left the house, you’d already thought ahead to your evening meal. Using the linked smartphone app, you’ve set your smart oven to whip up your dinner. The smart fridge keeps a tally of all the items stocked within it, and your oven pipes up to spew out a list of potential meals.

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After choosing one, you then set the time you wish to consume it. It’s due to be ready for 7pm, so you relax and enjoy a cup of tea that your smart kettle rustled up for you on arrival.

The doorbell rings. Take a quick look at your smartphone and you’ll see who it is. The smart peep hole features a little camera that beams its image onto your smartphone when someone is at the door (no matter if you’re in or out).

It was your son. As he enters the house, his musical taste is replicated on the sound system. He wanders into the living room, and a connection between his smartphone and the sound system recognises who it is, and blasts out some tunes he will enjoy.

It’s time for bed, but the smart fun doesn’t stop there. After learning your musical habits, this time the smart music system takes it down a notch, soothing you to sleep. Whale noises perhaps.

 

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Even during your sleep, you’re every smart-need is still being catered to. By now, the bed is in on the act. Featuring a number of sensors, the smart bed will collect data on your sleeping habits. Inflating and deflating a number of air pockets, the smart bed ensures you have the perfect sleep, night after night.

It’s the morning, and your smart home is on hand to make sure your daily routine runs as smoothly as possible. Using the diary on your phone and learning from previous experience, your home knows what time you need to get out of bed. The alarm works out the best time to get up, collecting data on traffic, the time you need to start work and how long it usually takes you to get out the house.

Again, the lights are in on it as well, triggering themselves on at your time of rising. They also learn your lighting habits, and illuminate your way to the bathroom for a morning wash.

Your favourite breakfast radio show accompanies you around the house. Take yourself downstairs, and your coffee machine has already got your morning brew on the go. After receiving data from the fitness band on your wrist, it knows how many hours sleep you’ve had the night before. Should you be lacking in a couple of hours kip, the coffee will be made that little stronger for a heftier morning pickup.

 

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And off you go to work, enriched from another day in the smart life. But even when you’re out, the IoT enabled home is still at work. As your smartphone signal gradually fades out, the smart home clicks into power saving mode. The fridge powers down, lights switch off and the heating, which all the way through your day has been monitoring the temperature to suit your preferences, goes off.

Through the power of your smartphone however, they all remain remotely accessible. For example, you’ll still be able to monitor who’s at the door. Should someone come to the door while you’re away, the lights are able to act as if someone is in, thus masking your lack of presence. Should a fire occur, your smart smoke detector will alert you to the problem.

Smart devices not only enhance the convenience of your life when in the house, they give you peace of mind when away from it.

 

Collaboration 

And the best thing about all this remarkable collection of tech? It’s all ready to smarten up your life in the very near future. Much of the tech mentioned above has been covered on the Ebuyer Blog before, such as the BeOn smart bulbs and the Prizm smart music player. Other IoT creations, such as the smart bed, self-cooking oven and smart peep hole, have made special appearances at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show. That’s all without mentioning smart locks and smart central heating (such as nest), which are both very much emerging in their industry presence.

Samsung are intent on seeing the IoT grow to encompass your entire home. Yoon stressed the importance of tech brands clubbing together to allow all devices to work seamlessly with one another. Samsung have confirmed all their smart tech will be unlocked. Making it compatible with any other brand’s smart tech enables sharing of data, vital to meeting the consumer’s needs.

Seeing other tech companies follow suit is the only way a revolution in IoT can take place. Connecting the dots of all your smart tech can build the IoT infrastructure that Samsung so clearly crave.

Not that IoT is limited to tech in the home. The scope for its use is limitless. From traffic systems to electrical distribution, it can all benefit from an uptake of IoT compatibility. But it requires one thing; Collaboration. Let’s hope Samsung’s plea to the tech world is acted upon.

What’s your take on the Internet of Things? Do we really need all this smart tech in our daily lives, or does it trigger a terrifying vision of a cybernetic revolt, where humans no longer have to think for themselves? Let us know.

And check out our other coverage of CES 2015, including the preview and our daily roundups, such as the one below.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Sounds similar to the Christmas Black Mirror episode with the Cookie, Charlie Brooker can predict the future!

  2. I can’t help wondering why the Smart Oven can’t get the food from the Smart Fridge/Freezer in order to rustle up the meal I choose, to be ready at the time it thinks appropriate.
    What if I had forgotten to prepare the appropriate items and put them in the (not so) Smart Oven before I left for work? What if the train home was delayed after the Smart Oven decided to begin cooking, or I met a friend and stopped off at the pub? Why is the timer already on my oven less capable of doing all the things described?
    Why do I feel that all the things are nothing but unnecessary and unwelcome ‘gadgets’?
    What happens when a cracker sets my house on fire by turning everything on over the Internet from somewhere else in the world?
    Why do I believe it is Good and Safe to leave all these things powered on when I am away?

  3. I have always been a big fan of tech but over the years my feelings towards tech have started to change.
    I have spent more money than i have needed of things that i didn’t really need or i would spend more and more upgrading to the latest thing to then find out its no longer the latest gadget.
    I have lost hours if not days of my life to tech not working correctly for no real reason and then to spend again days on the phone or trawling the net for answers.
    Though i see the benefits of certain ideas of being able to do things through the net to your smart device but there is going to be a price not only the costs but when things go wrong (it won’t happen to everyone) and how much can you make these devices smart and not 100% reliant on the net?
    Not to mention this will be our last part of privacy gone.
    One last thing who is going to take responsibility when things go wrong through technical faults caused through the net to your smart device e.g heating ?

  4. I think we have to remember that whatever we think our job may be, first and foremost our duty is to consume. If we are going to keep the whole ramshackle edifice of consumption going then we need new things to consume and the marketeers have to convince us that our lives are barren without a new tranche of technological trinkets.

    Listening to the words of the Hive heating automation adverts we’ve reached the point where even the marketing men can’t think of a worthwhile reason for these things, other than them being paid to push them. See the advert here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-MRkC5DqFQ

  5. i think the idea of the smart oven alone would win over so many! I’m sure many along with myself love the idea of being connected and having certain cool features but I think if we actually got that smart, the novelty would wear off far too easily!

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