To explore the possibilities that the Internet of Things holds for our lives at home, Intel built a tiny, connected home with the intention of creating a “living lab” to highlight what is possible today, and also explore the foundational capabilities required to take the home from “connected” to truly “smart.” The home is an experimental showcase that will evolve over the next 12 to 18 months as Intel explores the opportunities, experiences and tensions of creating a smart home.
Intel’s 210-square-foot high-tech tiny house project was inspired by a survey put out entitled Architecting the Future of the Smart Home 2025, which revealed a distinction between the connected home of present day versus what people expect the smart home of the future to be like.
Intel’s vision is to make the home of the future connected and smart via a single app interface that enables homeowners to control all the home’s devices in one place. Tucked away in a San Francisco parking lot, a realtor might describe a house as cozy, very cozy… but that’s not necessarily how millennials and the masses who are downsizing view tiny houses… they see freedom and a better quality of living!!! You can build a tiny house for the price of a car, that’s freeing and empowering.
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Intel’s Internet of Things Outlook for the Home
Intel creates the processors and other computing technology that serve as the brain powering a myriad of devices. Increasingly, as the home moves from connected to smart, this technology will enable a new breed of consumer electronic devices –everyday things such as light bulbs, thermostats, smoke detectors, electrical outlets and cameras– to become connected and smart. These tiny brains inside “things” throughout the home will compute and produce data at the device level for real-time intelligence. Intel-based gateways connect the home’s smart devices, providing advanced analytics and storage, allowing the home, people and devices to work together in an intuitive, intelligent fashion. Cloud connectivity, advanced device management and built-in security will connect consumers to a variety of new services, features and cost savings. Intel’s current smart tiny home is not designed as a utopian showcase; it is a living, breathing expression of the challenges and opportunities facing the industry. In order to address the current industry issues, Intel has developed the Intel® Smart Home Development Acceleration Platform to connect “things” in the home.
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It was created to overcome immediate operability issues that arise between connected
devices, technology platforms and third-party service providers. The kit, optimized for Intel® processors, supports and manages development environments for a range of capabilities and compute needs –from basic hubs to connecting devices securely to advanced home controllers that provide audio, video and voice analytics– helping developers build and deploy new apps while ensuring compatibility across OS updates. The platform allows OEMs to focus on larger product goals and deployment strategies and build with a common platform in mind. The Development Acceleration Platform will be showcased in the home and will be available in Q1 2016.
It’s an exhibit that’s just a little bit smaller than San Francisco’s real-life micro apartments.
The study finds that nearly seven in every 10 Americans believe that by 2025, living in a smart home will be as commonplace as having a smart phone in your pocket. However, the study also detected the underlying IoT issues that will make this prediction harder to achieve.
“This is how millennials are starting to live. This is how we’re all starting to live. Cities are getting more populated and so people are choosing tiny over big,” Schuneman said. “We have an office, we have a bedroom, we have a living room, we have a kitchen, all in this tiny little space.”
“Basically the heart and brains of the home,” Schuneman said.
Now, all of this is not to say that Intel wants to get into the home building business, quite the opposite. They want to simplify the process of making a home smart so that home builders can focus on building homes.
If we show enough interest, need and desire for high-tech tiny homes someone out there will be listening to the masses who have grown weary of working long hours for homes and material goods. Imagine this… what if Apple teamed up with Airstream and created an Apple Airstream Tiny Home! What if Apple also chose to begin creating villages, intentional communities, where we would easily be able to park our tiny houses and hang out with other techies who, for instance, also like to have fresh produce from the community garden, or fresh eggs daily from the on-site chicken coop, while they work from home in their IoT tiny house!? Imagine also… that Apple would have (IoT) Tiny House Packages to offer those who prefer to self-build their high-tech tiny house. Could Smart Homes Be as Commonplace as Smartphones by 2025? Take a tour of the Intel high-tech features in their tiny house… For the smart home of the future to become a reality, the industry will need to future-proof the infrastructure supporting the smart home ecosystem, make connectivity simple, move toward consensus on industry standards, and realize that the leap from a connected home to a smart home requires data insights from multiple devices to deliver value to the homeowner. Furthermore, security –from alarms and alerts to data protection– needs to be so well-integrated that it’s top of mind for providers but never a concern for people.
“For the emerging smart home market to succeed, it needs to conquer a lot of issues: connectivity, interoperability, user interaction, killer apps and security,” said Eric Free, vice president of Smart Homes and Buildings, Internet of Things (IoT) Group at Intel. “But most importantly, it has to make sense of data inputs and outputs, delivering real and actionable intelligence that will transform our connected devices into a smart network. Intel has the advantage of being able to work across this new connected universe, providing hardware, software and the power of the cloud to help transition our homes from ‘connected’ to ‘smart.’”
What Did the Intel Survey Find Out?
Smart Device Setup: Americans expect smart home devices to be packaged with other services such as cable and Internet (83 percent) and anticipate their smart home to be as simple to set up as cable TV (74 percent). Sixty – four percent would prefer to lease their smart home services from a trusted service provider than do it themselves. Smart Home, Simple Controls: Respondents were united on the need to be able to access and manage all smart home devices from one central portal (86 percent) and anxious about the number of passwords they will have to remember to mange smart devices (75 percent). The most hoped – for solution is a single sign-on portal where they can manage their entire home (79 percent). Narrow Margin for Error: More than half of survey respondents would blame manufacturers if their device failed. Product glitches (67 percent), connection failure (63 percent), system updates (46 percent) and system reboots (45 percent) were among top concerns. Home Sweet Secure Home: Eight in 10 (82 percent) Americans agree that integrated security is a priority for living in a smart home, and that all smart devices should be secured through a single integrated security package. More than half would like to secure their smart home with fingerprints (52 percent), 4 in 10 with voice recognition (42 percent) and 37 percent with in-home smart sensors. One in 10 men (10 percent) would even employ a robotic guard to secure their home in the future.
What’s Inside the Intel Smart Tiny Home Today?
The Intel smart tiny home will continue to evolve as the company works with developers and the ecosystem, empowering them with the Intel Smart Home Development Acceleration Platformsoftware development kit, to test and unveil new uses and experiences. The intention is for the Intel smart tiny home to go beyond the four walls of the home to incorporate all of your smart and connected devices, such as new smart watches and bracelets from Fossil*, the Basis Peak Titanium* and Recon Instruments Goggles*, as well as the sleekest compute devices, such as the Lenovo Horizon 2* All-in-One PC, that are incorporated into the tiny home.
While today’s connected home devices provide exciting features and conveniences, the experience of using multiple apps and interfaces to control your devices is confusing and disjointed. Use case: Intel’s vision is to make the home of the future connected and smart via a single app interface that enables homeowners to control all the home’s devices in one place across a variety of device and sensor manufacturers. From smart lights and outlets to automated door locks, a camera doorbell and motion sensors to smart thermostats and water sensors, coupled with automation profiles for waking up, going to bed and leaving the house, the Intel smart tiny home will demonstrate a seamless experience. Utilizing open standards, such as the Open Interconnect Consortium, Intel has enabled interoperability between three distinct lighting solutions: Philips Hue*, Cree* and Osram*. Despite each light’s propriety connectivity protocols, the app can recognize each light and allows them to work together, thanks to the established interoperability. Problem-solving: Through testing technologies in the home,Intel found that everything could go awry when using the wrong firmware, demonstrating the need to seamlessly manage devices within the house and eliminate the need for manual firmware updates.
Home Away from Home
Security is a primary homeowner concern, and the smart tiny home features technologies that allow for peace of mind, whether homeowners are just around the corner or thousands of miles away. Use case: Remote locking and the ability to remotely control and monitor devices, such as lights and motion sensors, provides users the security they crave. True Key™ by Intel Security facial recognition technology provides convenient, hands-free security when you arrive home; allows access to trusted friends and neighbors when you’re not home; and alerts you of suspicious activity when you may not be looking. The home goes into away mode, turning off lights and locking the door, when no occupant presence is detected. The home automation is also capable of detecting when glass breaks or a smoke alarm is triggered, and could even be programmed to alert to the sound of a crying baby. Problem-solving: Intel’s ongoing innovation in facial recognition products, including Intel® RealSense™ and True Key, will continue to garner improvements in speed. Already, Intel has decreased the time required by the recognition algorithm from 15 seconds to about three seconds and is working to make the recognition and response time just milliseconds. For homeowners, this means increased convenience, reliability and faster response times for securing the home. The smart tiny home can detect water leaks using an off-the-shelf moisture sensor, notifying users via their mobile app. Without being prompted, the smart home digital assistant provides a list of recommended plumbers for the homeowner. Upon arrival, the smart home confirms the plumber’s identity, grants them access, and secures the home when they leave. “Things ”to cloud applications like this one will enable a new services marketplace –a “plumber in the cloud”– and will help homeowners effortlessly manage their home remotely and act on data feedback immediately. Problem-solving: Using pattern recognition algorithms and Intel’s API management solution, the Intel Smart Home Development Acceleration Platform provides a “things” to cloud solution that recognizes a problem, anticipates a need and provides a solution to the homeowner. The “Intel Survey: Architecting the Future of the Smart Home 2025” is a multi pronged study that set out to examine three distinct areas of smart home adoption: consumer expectations for what the smart home of the near future will better deliver, the human value of being connected and the financial face of smart living. The results will be released in three chapters between now and January 2016.
The survey was conducted online within the United States by TNS on behalf of Intel from July 16-20, 2015 among a nationally representative sample of 2,500 U.S. adults, ages 18 and older, with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.9 percentage points. Respondents were asked about their views on the Smart Home of the Future 2025. For additional information on the “Intel Survey: Architecting the Future of the Smart Home 2025” visit http://www.intel.com/newsroom/iot
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