About the Author: This guest post was written by Cara Giaimo, a blogger for SimpliSafe. She would set her Hue lights to look like a diner at dusk. SimpliSafe Wireless Home Security is making its way to the top of its industry.
Sick of your refrigerator not listening to you? You’re in luck — the day is coming when you’ll be able to order your house around with the push of a button or the swipe of a finger. As we get closer and closer to the Internet of Things, appliances, personal electronics, and other household necessities are some of the first to cross over. By the end of 2012, there were 3.5 million home automation systems installed in North America, and the future is even brighter — research suggests that by 2018, the “smart home” industry will experience a growth boom, eventually hitting $25 billion. App developers, you know what that means: the time to break in is now.
Here are a few things that are going on now — and a few holes that an enterprising developer might do well to fill.
Energy Management and Climate Control
Nest Learning Thermostat. $249.
What it has: Nest can be controlled from its very well designed hub (that iconic little circle with the temperature right in the middle) and also from your smartphone. It’s easy to adjust (just turn the dial) and it learns your habits. After a week, it’ll be adjusting the temperature for you based on your personalized schedule. It also has an away mode that will save you money by turning the thermostat down when you’re not at home. When the leaf appears, that means the small adjustment you just made …