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Your Smart Home is about to become a whole lot smarter with this device…

We all know our daily companions Siri and Cortana, but now you might just find your new best friends with regards to your smart home: “Google Home”.

And yes, Google has done it again, they released an incredible device using artificial intelligence to make your life easier and more pleasant. Google Home is an intelligentĀ loudspeaker whom you can give voice commands to perform certain tasks, like putting the music on or creating your personal shopping list.

And, just like his sister Cortana, “he” (actually, it’s a little weird that Google didn’t give its device a proper name) will be able to answer your questions. Thanks to his artificial intelligence, Google Home can identify certain routines and patterns and automatically react to them (for instance, if you always ask to switch the lights on in the kitchen when you come home, he will do it automatically after a while). Additionally to Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home is a more complete system with a wider array of options. For example, with the “multi-room” function you can play different songs on different devices in different rooms – some nice latino vibes for the kitchen and romantic tunes for the bedroom..? We like!

For a more detailed information, check out the video below:

In any case, w’re super curious what the future battle Google vs Amazon will bring… Stay tuned on smart-lighting.com! šŸ™‚

 

New player in the smart-lighting industry!

Good news for us… There’s a new player in town! The German energy company has forged a strategic partnership with the Melbourne-based start-up Organic Response. E.ON has identified the huge potential that this market represents will therefore, with Organic Responses’ innovative smart lighting technology for commercial and public buildings, create new sales channels and increase marketing efforts.

Organic Response has a number of patented technologies, mainly in the field of data analytics and connectivity. Their technology basically turns buildings into occupant-centric and energy efficient eco-systems. The results are astonishing; light consumption can be reduced by up to 80%.

With this partnership and the access to this new technology, E.ON will be able to offer its commercial building clients real added value by reducing their energy and operating costs.

On the other side, for Organic Response, this partnership enables them to further penetrate the European market. It’s a very fast-moving industry, being first and at the same time the technology leader will turn out to be crucial.

This is what your smart home can do

Control your home heating system with your smartphone, close your blinds while on-the-go… those are just two out of many examples of what a smart home can do. There are plenty of smart home solutions out there, but which ones are really practical?

Imagine switching on your washing machine and turning on the heating just before leaving work, so that when you come home it’s nice and warm and your cloth are ready to be hung. Sounds good, right?

Well, that no more science fiction. All you need is the right equipment. From connected smoke detectorsĀ to intelligent lighting solutions, there are so many applications on the market that it’s hard to list them all.

Read on if you’d like to discover how all this works out.

In most cases, there is one wireless remote that communicates with all devices. You can then control via app the settings.

Security

The real challenge happens once the individual devices work together. Right now, most solutions focus on just one aspect, for example your home’s lighting or video surveillance system. If, however, they work together new opportunities start to appear. When away on holidays, lights could be programmed so that they switch on from time to time to fake presence. With connected video surveillanceĀ / connected cameras you can check on your smartphone if everything is alright at home, presence detectors and window sensors can send you a text message when a door changes status from “closed” to “open”, and so on… All this do the rest to really discourage potential burglars to enter your home. So, instead of investing in an expensive alarm system, you can save a lot of money by making your home not only safer but also more convenient via smart home features.

Smart home technology is therefore very useful to save money, very popular thanks to its convenience aspect and can make your home safer. Especially in the winter season smart lighting solutions such as Belkin WeMo , Philips Hue or Lightify from Osram are very popular amongst consumers.

However, it can go much further with connected rain and wind sensors, which could automatically close the blinds when a thunderstorm is approaching.

Cost Savings

As already mentioned, smart home technology can help you to save you real money. Heating control devices will reduce your monthly heating bills. Those are often linked with door and window sensors which automatically close once heating is turned on.

But there are even more sophisticated ways to save money, for instance with smart outlets, which measure electricity consumption and propel them to your smartphone. Like this, you are able to identify which devices use the most electricity and which ones, eventually, can be replaced with more efficient ones.

From light controls to heating and security systems, it’s important that your smart home technology is easily understandable, easy to install and ideally inter-connected.