Smart homes are getting smarter every day. A.B.E. Networks' COO, Christian A. Vives, tells us how to keep up.
The Big Idea “You have a meeting at 7:30 a.m. Your calendar communicates with the alarm clock, lights, and shades to gently wake you at the proper time. After your shower, the coffee-maker kicks on. When you leave, the door locks itself, the HVAC system optimizes to save energy, and your car’s navigation system plots the best course for that day’s commute.”
Market Influencer “The Samsung Family Hub—the refrigerator with a tablet on the door. When the concept hit trade shows more than a year ago, people questioned its usefulness, but that skepticism is fading. Most families already use the fridge as a hub—for lists, calendars, report cards, and photos.”
There’s a Gadget for That Vives’s hit list of new products includes a smart lock that uses Bluetooth to unlock and relock your doors; a video doorbell that sends a live stream to your phone; smart batteries for smoke alarms that notify you when power runs low; and even a toothbrush that provides feedback to improve your technique!
About That Toothbrush... “It’s a bit ridiculous, but a lot of these products seem to feel that way when they are first released... Not even a fraction of this trend has entered the mainstream. Be ready for some really cool stuff to come!” A.B.E. Networks, 8968 Brookville Road, Silver Spring, 301-495-0964