The networked home becomes a reality with more and more devices with an Internet connection. The beginning made smart lamps, heaters and sockets, now everything from the refrigerator to the water sensor in the pool is networked.A problem often remains the communication between technology of different suppliers – uniform standards as in other electrical areas there is not. In addition, hacker attacks have exposed serious security problems, especially for low-cost devices.
For users often invisible, computers in the cloud evaluate a variety of data to better fit their needs. The result is, for example, smart messenger services, which can answer questions or fulfill small tasks like a restaurant reservation.Facebook is experimenting with the “M” service in his messenger, Google also introduced a digital assistant that uses the knowledge gathered by the leading Internet search engine.
So far, they are mainly an expensive toy for tech enthusiasts or a working tool for professional photographers and filmmakers. However, Amazon, Google, DHL and Co work under high pressure on their models of delivery drones, which could deliver goods or ordered food within a few minutes on the short distance. In addition to technical maturity, lack of regulation remains a central hurdle.
Various glasses, with which one could enter into digital worlds came onto the market – and remained still a niche product, which is mostly used for games. Now the providers have to make them tasty with innovative content and services.Offers such as the virtual apartment visit or a view to the hotel during the holiday booking remained a vision so far. The high price of most devices remains an entry barrier.
Music from the net
Networked loudspeakers displace the classical music systems. The reason: More and more users are no longer picking up the music from CDs, but from streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music or Napster. This opened the door for new challengers that compete with classic hi-fi providers. Meanwhile, however, the young providers are also under pressure because Google and Amazon want to establish networked speakers to control the networked home.