One promise of the smart home is to make homes more intelligent, thereby enabling devices and service to offer either convenience, comfort, security or safety. This is accomplished through sensors that give insight about the environment, services or devices that process that data, and devices that act accordingly. This year at CES, the potential of the smart home was highlighted by demonstrations of open standards like ZigBee, Z-Wave and AllJoyn.
Qualcomm’s “Connected Smart Home” demonstration showcased how AllJoyn devices could send notifications to every other AllJoyn device on the network and trigger events. Some of the devices featured were an August lock that could be controlled via a smartphone app, Lifx lights that change color or according to the trigger, a Haier air conditioner that responded to notifications from the aforementioned devices, and more.
ZigBee’s booth, while not as elaborate, also showcased how devices from different manufacturers could work together seamlessly to truly enhance day-to-day life.
Z-Wave touts the largest ecosystem of smart home devices, announcing late last year the 1,000th addition to its family of supported devices. Their booth focused on how the standard and Z-Wave devices have evolved over the years.