CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is one of the most anticipated shows in tech it gets us ready to see what’s in-store for the year to come. One of my favourite things of the show so far is the ‘connected home’ this has obviously been a thing for a while but I believe this will become a lot more mainstream mid-2015 to early-2016 but we’ll see.
What might push the connected home into the mainstream is Google’s decision to integrate the Nest which is a ‘learning thermostat’ which claims to help the average British consumer 29 per cent on their heating bills.
The Nest can be accessed by a smartphone or computer which makes it a lot easier to use and for you to get more involved with how much you are saving. The company claim that the average American customer have saved 20 per cent by using the device.
Regulator Ofgem have said that heating is 60 per cent of the UK average energy bill of £1,342 so this device seems like a gadget that would surely become popular in the tech world and possibly even to the technophobes as the device can be bought with installation at £249. I also comes without installation from £179 online. It’s said that the device will be available in John Lewis, Amazon, Apple and B&Q.
Another example of the connected home in CES is Belkin – the accessory and electronics company – unveiled on the Sunday ahead of CES a new lineup of Internet-connected home sensors under it’s WeMo brand. The company announced four new sensors which are to be released during the second half of 2015 the sensors include a room motion sensor, a door and window sensor, a key-chain sensor, and an alarm sensor.
These are probably just a taste of what’s to come in 2015 as there’s also reports of Xiaomi working on an internet connected water purifier.
So that begs the question where do we draw the line? Is there a line to draw? Guess we’ll have to find out as we dive further in to 2015.