Aeolus Robotics’ dual-arm multifunctional robot, Aeo, opens a door during a demo at CES 2023 held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Whether it’s a TV that lets you know when your washing machine is done spinning, or a mirror that heats your shower and powers your coffee maker, the “smart home” is taking shape at CES, the annual tech show in Las Vegas. Yes, but mostly not connected. from reality.
French company Baracoda has spent years transforming bathrooms by integrating plumbing fixtures into everyday objects.
BMirror, a new connected mirror prototype, collects information and replaces it with a scale, toilet, or toothbrush to help your family understand things like drink more water or see a dermatologist because a mole has changed color. can be recommended to
The company’s product manager, Baptiste Quinhou, said in an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), an event that starts May 5. He will be in Las Vegas in the western United States until January 8th.
However, for optimal operation of this technology, you must use a compatible device developed by Baracoda or a related brand.
Interoperability has become very important for startups and multinationals that have been designing and marketing connected objects for years.
Techsponential analyst Avi Greengart said:
Amazon, Samsung, Apple, Google: Tech giants have each created their own ecosystems of devices, often centered around voice assistants like Alexa and Siri.
“They hoped to attract enough people into their orbit to grow at the expense of others, but in the end it all came to a standstill,” the expert stressed.
A large group finally reached consensus and, towards the end of last year, after three years of work, created a connectivity protocol called “Matter.”
“You can think of it as a USB port in your smart home,” concludes Mark Benson, US director of Smart Things, Samsung’s connectivity subsidiary.
“In the past, when I bought a webcam, I had to check if it could connect to my computer. Now I don’t have to ask myself that anymore,” he exemplified.
Matter simplifies the digital installation of a wide variety of equipment. You no longer need to download different applications for each device.
But ecosystems do not disappear.
“Interoperability isn’t technically complex. It’s the data. Companies don’t want to share,” explains Jeff Wang.
As such, brands are trying to convince the public to adopt mobile applications (Smart Things, Google Home, etc.) to centrally manage their consumer electronics.
In the ecosystem presented by Samsung at CES, consumers have televisions, ovens, washing machines and refrigerators manufactured by the South Korean group.
I also use the Smart Things app to track my electricity usage and chicken for dinner while watching a movie on my TV. This also indicates that the wash is complete.
At the Google booth, just say, “Let’s get to work.” Allow the blinds to drop and the essential oil diffuser to turn on.
For now, consumers are mostly adopting low-cost connected speakers, using them as sleep timers or listening to music.
“More than half of American homes have connected devices,” says Benson. “And more than half of them have purchased their first smart device in the last three years.
The CTA Association, which hosts CES, believes the Matter standard protocol will grow the smart home market once the real estate sector recovers.
A spokesman for the association told AFP that these technologies “will have a difficult year in the United States due to sluggish home sales.”
Nevertheless, the CTA expects nearly 5 million connected thermostats to be sold by 2023.
The American company Savant has designed a wired fuse box to address this problem.
Group vice president Ian Roberts stressed the benefits of a device like this, saying, “This is probably one of the last things in the home we haven’t thought of making ‘smart’ ever.