[I want you…]
The connected home is stagnating, why is this? Is it because it currently only appeals to early adopters? Is it the privacy concerns? Or, other than in a few use cases, has the killer app failed to materialise. The truth is I don’t know, which is OK because it isn’t the main point of this blog. The main point of this blog is to highlight what is likely to be coming to a connected home near you in the very near future, and unlike consumer Internet of Things (IoT), which is primarily driven by want, services driven by a need to meet the very real challenges we face today .
[I need you…]
We will see adoption accelerated not by wants but by needs. I can personally live without a connected voice assistant (which is strange for someone who lives and breathes IoT), however that is my personal choice; I don’t need a voice assistant and therefore I don’t want one; but as the IoT matures and starts to flex its potential to meet real world challenges then the appeal will grow, and once the IoT can show it meets a need the want will follow.
For example we need to address climate change and we need to act quickly, and Smart Meters are the first wide scale introduction of connected technology into the home driven by need, they provide the vital first step to a more energy efficient smart grid; And once in place can generate data to support other services like domestic demand side response and local generation.
The introduction of electric vehicles will see many of our homes fitted with smart EV chargers linked to the smart meter and allowing cost effective charging and storage capability within our homes. And so on and so forth until energy efficiency services in the connected home become the norm.
There is a need to meet the challenge of an aging population, and the introduction of connected technology in the home providing services such as outpatient monitoring, tele-health and virtual social care are again examples of IoT meeting a need rather than a want.
Simply wanting a connected product is a personal choice and unlikely to significantly drive main stream adoption of the connected home (unless that killer app really does materialise); However as our homes start to integrate with connected products that fulfil a need and in turn these devices start to provide new data to drive additional services the picture changes. For example a connected thermostat capable of retrieving Time of Use pricing information from a smart meter will be able to efficiently heat the home based on both a target temperature and a target operating cost, increasing the value of its service and therefore increasing the want.
[but there aint no way I’m ever gonna love you…]
And quite right to, that would just be weird.
[now don’t feel sad, cos two out of three aint bad]
And in the case of the connected home more than adequate to further drive adoption.