Everyone is raving about smart homes. In the future, houses will function the same way you use computers and smartphones. Designers from all walks of life have released their take on IoT (Internet of Things) environments. Such elaborate displays of non-existent technology have sprouted unrealistic standards for modern homes.
The reality is, the pad of the future won’t look like anything from The Jetsons. Intel, a leading semiconductor technology firm, is here to set the record straight about smart living. The group launched a project to show people how an IoT-laced home really functions. And no, you won’t be able to turn a small nugget into a whole pan pizza like in Back to the Future. We’re just not there yet.
Will we all be living in tiny homes in the future? Probably not, but that’s the scenario that the company is subtly painting in the experiment. The living area measures at roughly 210 square feet, which is about the same size as a large shipping container. To get into the house, you have to scan your face on a camera next to the door. This will be the first device that you’ll encounter, and it’s a very smart one. So in the future, even keys will be obsolete, from cars to generic locks to doors.
Inside, the interior looks minimal. A large part of the IoT experience is the “always connected” setup, but Intel takes it one step further by doing away with wires. Everything appears to be connected through a network and even on the grid (more on this later). A giant tab is used as a universal remote to control the house’s features. You can adjust the lighting with a few taps and change the temperature of the room by sliding your finger on the panel. The best part is, everything is on one screen. You don’t have to flip through different apps in the tab. This allows you, for example, to simultaneously turn down the television while seeing who is at the door.
The grid functionality is fairly new and very exciting. In the case of a water leak, a device will notify you about the issue. But going one step further, the rig also offers you solutions. You could schedule an appointment with a plumber through the screen. Or maybe you want to fix it yourself, which then the controller will tell you more about the DIY task and the location of the nearest appliance store. Intel’s smart home may not look flashy, but at the end of a long day you can lounge around comfortably, knowing that everything is only a few taps away.
“To advance, the industry must work together to future-proof the infrastructure supporting the smart home,” said the company in an IoT fact sheet. “For example, the underlying connectivity must be present before the consumer can truly receive the benefits of the smart home. It would be impossible to add furniture to a house before there was a foundation and walls; the same is true of the smart home.”