Lack of consistency has created long-term problems. Not suitable for Apple-compatible folk family members or prospective tenants who prefer Android. If our home appliances can really talk to each other, one day it will be more convenient, as the washing machine tells the dryer that a large load is ready to dry.
This year, the tech industry’s biggest competitors – Apple, Samsung, Google and Amazon – are playing great to make smart homes more practical. They plan to release and update home technology to work with Matter, a new standard that enables smart home devices to talk to each other regardless of virtual assistant or phone brand. More than 100 smart home products are expected to comply with the standard.
“We all speak common language built on already proven technology,” said Samantha Osborne, vice president of marketing for SmartThings, a Samsung-owned home automation company.
This means that later this year, when you purchase a product like Automated Door Lock, find a label indicating that the device is compatible with Matter. Then, in the future, your smart alarm clock will be able to tell your smart light to turn on when you wake up.
3. Connected health.
Fitness gadgets like Apple Watch and Fitbit, which help us track our movement and heart rate, are becoming more and more popular. So tech companies this year are experimenting with smaller wearable devices that collect more intimate data about our health.
Oura, a health tech company, recently unveiled a new model of its Oura ring, embedded with sensors that track the matrix, including body temperature, to accurately predict the menstrual cycle. At CES this week, a tech trade show in Las Vegas, Movano, another health tech start-up, unveiled a similar ring that combines data about your heart rate, temperature and other measures to inform the wearer about possible chronic illnesses.
Medical experts have long warned of the potential consequences of health tech. Without proper context, the data can be used to misdiagnose diseases and turn people into hypochondria. But if the widely sold Covid Rapid Test Kit is a criterion, more and more of us seem willing to be proactive in monitoring our health.