Home Automation makes a homecoming

July 10, 2014

Initiative launched by Samsung, Dell and Intel along with Atmel and Broadcom.

The Internet of Things is basically a concept that tries to take the internet beyond computers, smartphones and tablets and place them in other common household appliances and other machines. In line with this, tech giants Samsung, Intel and Dell along with Atmel and Broadcom launched the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) that would set a standard on how appliances and gadgets would communicate.                                        

It’s a brave new initiative on taking making ordinary appliances connected – though it is actually the second group to come up with a particular concept. AllSeen Alliance is another group backed by companies like LG, Panasonic and Sharp. With a total of 51 companies backing the initiative, it will be using Qualcomm’s AllJoyn open source project as a framework for future devices.

While the two groups with a similar initiative might be confusing or might even start a pseudo-format war reminiscent of Blu-ray and HD-DVD, OIC is stating that it will share codes and certain specifications to AllSeen Alliance so that they can agree on the same level of standard on how the ‘Internet of Things’ will work.

In a report by Forbes, Douglas Fisher, corporate vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group for Intel Corporation, mentioned that “Our goal in founding this new consortium is to solve the challenge of interoperable connectivity for the Internet of Things without tying the ecosystem to one company’s solution.”

Home automation technologies like these have been introduced by some companies a few years back but didn’t really take off but it seems this year companies are pushing forward on what seems to be the future of how machines will communicate. Google and Apple even made mention of these initiatives on their keynotes.

In particular, Nest Labs, which was acquired by Google earlier this year focuses on the design of “sensor-driven, Wi-Fi-enabled, self-learning,programmable thermostats and smoke detectors”. Along with that, Samsung has already showcased something in CES that included an entire connected ecosystem of applicances that all work in sync. It somehow gave us a glimpse of how these technologies will work in the future. The problem is that it each company tries to make thier proprietary technologies which wouldn’t really work with other products – so the formation of these alliances that are open to sharing common standards is a good step towards unifying all appliances and gadgets from your home.

With technology filling every gap in our lives, do think it will be for the better or should we prepare for the rise of the machines? 

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.