When I was a child, I was particularly envious of Nobita because he had a robot cat that could do anything he wanted. I always thought that technology is just a legend, many functions are just a vision, but I never thought that one day, technology is so close to us, even if there is no Doraemon, you can also enjoy smart home life.
Remember Bill Gates once said something like, “In the near future, homes without smart home systems will be as out of trend as homes without Internet access today.” Nowadays, with the tide of artificial intelligence, and the gradual popularization of a series of smart home products such as smart security and smart curtains, smart home has set off a wave in China. It has always been felt that unchanging things are worth returning to, but they are also tedious after a long time. Especially in this era of rapid changes, it is not impossible to retain the classics without losing the special, the emergence of smart home, soon received the attention of many experts from the industry.
Where is the future of smart home
The future of smart home is bright and has a great market prospect, but the road to achieve it is indeed tortuous. Smart home has been shouting for decades in China, and then so far it still hasn”t realized the real landing. People criticize all kinds of “pseudo-smart” products, but they are still happy to buy, try and consume…. For no other reason than that we are looking forward to the day when smart home can really land and enter our lives. But how to land and how to be accepted by consumers is one of the dilemmas facing smart home now.
Smart home from the budding, pioneering, wandering period to the integration period nowadays, has also gone through several years, but so far there are still two voices talking – force to praise or erase. Who should such a heavy responsibility be given to, the electric business? Manufacturers? Experience stores? The agent? The major appliance manufacturers are also sparing no effort to find a way out of the smart home system realization, trying to make more progress. And from the recent breakthroughs in technology, industry and other aspects of the country, this day seems to be no longer far away. But want this day is not far away, or need to overcome the bottlenecks that currently hinder the implementation of smart home.
The operation threshold of smart home
If the home is equipped with a set of all-round, three-dimensional smart home system, from the security and convenience and other aspects do have many benefits, and indeed more convenient, but in the interview learned that some users will consult involving children and the elderly aspects of the problem. Although the final operation is simple, but the smart home system is not as simple as cell phones, computers and other general smart devices, easy to understand, especially for the elderly and users who are not familiar with electronic devices, want to smoothly and freely manage the smart home system, and even solve some small difficulties such as disconnection, I am afraid it will take time and effort to learn, so the smart home wants to do landing, but also Therefore, if smart home wants to be implemented, it needs to popularize the knowledge of consumers, instill the concept of smart home, simplify the operation and optimize the interaction. Let users truly recognize from the heart and eliminate their doubts. In addition, it is also crucial to reduce the initial learning cost.
Serious fragmentation of smart products
Traditional electronic products are standardized, but smart home is a family-based unit, so it is difficult to use a standardized method to manufacture and sell. From the basic device at the bottom to the connected cloud computing center, there is no integrated service solution that can cover all products. At present, there are many smart home platforms in China, and there is a lack of unified industry standards. Smart home products of different service directions can only be a system, and there are different connection methods between products and operation terminals. As a result, users need to control different smart home products through multiple APPs in the process of use, smart single products cannot be interconnected, and the systematic smart home system cannot be truly realized, thus failing to bring better experience to users. There is no doubt that the market potential of smart home is very big, but there is still a lack of phenomenal products. The real smart home appliances are in the original use of operation, through the Internet of Things, human-computer interaction technology can make the user experience more convenient, rather than adding a lot of intelligent modules but make the operation more complex.
Serious homogenization of product functions
In China, although the concept of smart home is not yet deeply rooted in people”s hearts, and the state of development is not quite mature, it is fired up and has entered the track of rapid development, and also shows the huge business opportunities and potential market. The concept of digital smart home is promoted late, but the development speed is fast, and some residential communities with certain digital, information and intelligent functions have been established nationwide. However, from interviews with industry insiders, most of the current smart home products use integrated wiring technology, network communication technology, security prevention technology, automatic control technology, audio and video technology to integrate the facilities related to home life and build an efficient management system for residential facilities and family schedule affairs. Products are following the trend of imitation, customers really need what kind of products manufacturers do not pay attention to, but what others do, what can attract attention to follow the trend of what to do, the product from industrial design to functional homogenization is very serious. There is no phenomenal differentiation phenomenon.
It is difficult for enterprises to play alone, and it is also difficult to choose partners
Smart home although the final presentation is simple and convenient operation, but in the process of realization of a single enterprise will be very difficult. Smart is a series of things that everyone is familiar with such as Internet-based, cloud-based, automation, etc. Smart phones are typical representatives of smart products. But to achieve an intelligent family is relatively more complex concept, requiring collaboration with several manufacturers at the same time to develop different products to meet the intelligent experience of a basic family unit. When consulting representatives of several manufacturers, they said that it is not easy to find partners, and many factors need to be considered, with three critical thresholds to be considered. The first is the technical threshold, the realization of the smart home is the need for a large number of high gold technology to achieve, especially the wisdom of the technology; the second is the financial threshold, the need for a large amount of capital investment reserves strong backing power support to be able to; the third is the distribution of interests threshold, we do not want to make their own losses, so how not to lose their own existing interests and win-win development, but also the key to work together.
Weaknesses of the Internet of Things
Smart home is currently one of the important applications of the Internet of Things in China, using the network or other forms of connection to connect controllers, machines and people together in a new way, forming the interconnection of people and things, things and things, to achieve the transmission of information and remote control. IoT makes smart home realize the most beautiful home scenario people imagine, everything does not have to be operated by users, but the ideal state can be achieved by the independent control of devices. To cite a few simple examples, smart lighting systems can be realized through smart phones, lights on, off the operation of the command; smart security allows users to go out through smart phones, real-time view of the situation at home, and even some of the products with infrared capabilities, in the time set by the user, when sensing other life activities, can send alerts to the user. But these examples only illustrate the realization of the interconnection of people and devices, but the interconnection of things and things requires the use of some tools. These kinds of things actually need the support of the Internet of Things. However, the IoT itself has its own weaknesses.
First of all, IoT must be extended and expanded on the basis of the Internet, its core and foundation is still the Internet, so security issues are still the most important concern. In the modern era of big data, users” usage data are saved in the cloud, so that it is easier for users to view, but some of the data will also become the basis for manufacturers to analyze and improve their own products. While using user data, how to protect these data for users, so that users can rest assured, so it involves some data leakage security issues, it will appear that security and user experience are contrary to each other, the higher the security is done, it will affect the user experience. On the other hand, from the enterprise point of view, the server connected with the device is generally connected to the enterprise”s intranet, and if a hacker invades the enterprise”s intranet through an illegal attack on the server, then it will probably bring serious losses to the enterprise. In this case, then the user”s loyalty and the manufacturer”s brand image will be seriously damaged, for the competitive consumer electronics companies, only to maintain a good product experience to users, in order to survive in the market.
Secondly, users want to use different platforms of smart products, but many companies of smart home are doing their own platform, hoping that users can connect all their smart products together through the platform, the Internet of Things is not really able to do everything, this situation is also needed to break.
No unified industry standard
No matter what industry you do, you need to develop a standardized industry standard, but there is no unified industry standard for smart home.
It has become a good medicine to break the bottleneck of system connectivity. Consulted several responsible persons in the industry, all feel that there is still a great lack of smart home in terms of industry standardizers. They all think: there is no one protocol to solve all the problems in smart home, there is no one way to link no matter smart home appliances or digital devices, and there is no compatible standard. Smart lighting, smart security, smart curtains…. As more and more smart home products enter the market, but the degree of interconnection has not been fully realized. There is no standard for the industry of smart home, so it also makes it difficult for different single products to be compatible with each other to serve consumers together. It is not only necessary to develop technical standards, but also to form market standards, and when the standards are mature, enterprises will produce and operate according to them. However, among the experts interviewed, there are also doubts about the development of standards. Zheng Wei of Shengshi Leju also said, “the compatibility standards between each other who will do, how to do, it is a very simple thing to say, but it is a very difficult task, there is still a very long way to go”.
To be confident in the smart home landing
Home life towards intelligence is an inevitable trend, therefore, smart home as a blue ocean project, the prospects are immeasurable. With the Internet of Things, cloud computing and other emerging technologies entering the smart home industry one after another, the manufacturers are also forming their own special products, and the price is gradually moving toward a more civilian trend. From wired to wireless, from concept stock hype to application implementation, smart home after more than a decade of development process, finally achieved a qualitative leap, in the process of continuous development also began to improve the implementation of landing pain points. Smart home enterprises highly integrated industry chain synergistic development, win-win cooperation, unified industry standards, grasp the user needs, practical solutions to the troubles that exist in daily life. Humanization is important in the process of landing, and with the improvement of virtual reality, somatosensory control, voice recognition and other related technologies, the practicality of smart home will also rise to a new height.