Google Glass’ Applications for Smart Home - Changing the Game of User Interaction


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Google Glass’ Applications for Smart Home - Changing the Game of User Interaction

  1. 1. Flash InsightApril 2013– For Public Release –Google Glass’ Applications for Smart HomeChanging the Game of User Interaction
  2. 2. 1Google Glass brings technology closer to the peoples’ senses enabling digital interaction viaa head-mounted display.Google Glass: Key FactsKey FactsTechnical Information Processor: Dual-core OMAP processor Software: Android Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS Display: 640 x 360 px resolution Camera: 3.1 megapixel Controls: Button at the side; voice control Sensors: Gyroscope, magnetometer, accelerometerand possibly an eye-tracking camera Weight: ~36 grams Battery life: 2-4 hours at constant usageLaunch and Pricing Closed field trial: 8.000 users @ 1.500 USD Launch: expected Q4/13 - Q1/14 @ ~500 USDUsage Voice commands via microphone Transmission of sounds via bone conduction speaker Interaction by saying „ok glass“Google Glass is a wearable computer with a head-mounteddisplay which can be attached to compatible glasses.Product DesignSource images:
  3. 3. 2Google will open new ways of interacting with smart home devices via GoogleGlass through automatic recognition and interaction.Google’s Patent Application for Contextual Interaction with Smart and Connected DevicesSources: USPTO, engadget, MS&C analysisDescription Impact Google Glass provides the ability to interact with any IP-connected device Direct interaction with connected smart devices through ageneral protocol and interaction rules Currently addressing interaction challenges of singleconnected devices only Currently lacking easy control and regulation of cross-device usage scenarios But future potential for controlling and regulating morecomplex cross-device usage scenariosChallenges and Potential Automatic recognition of controllable devices through:Visual identification, RFID,IR (Infrared), Bluetooth, QR codes After recognition automatic download of information relatedto the device: Status information, control interface etc.
  4. 4. 3Within the domestic environment, there is a great variety of realistic use cases forGoogle Glass.Smart Home Use CasesKitchen Look at your fridge and see contentwithout opening it Receive recipe suggestions basedon the food you have Shop groceries directly whilecookingEntertainment Control your TV and stereo remotely Receive the latest news directly ontoyour glasses Buy movie or concert tickets whilewatching the commercialCar Receive real-time traffic informationtelling you to leave early for work Use geo-fencing to turn electricityand heating automatically on and offOffice Read and dictate your e-mailwithout using your computer orphone Manage your calendar Do video calls with no need tohold your phoneLighting Adapt lighting color and intensityto your personal ambient conditions Illuminate areas you arecurrently looking atHealth Use Google Glass as ahearing aid Track if your elderly fallwith an integrated fallingsensor Let Google track, analyzeand improve your eatinghabitSource: MS&C analysisEnergy Control Control your heating radiator by simplylooking at it Turn connected appliances on and offusing nothing but your eyes and voiceHome Automation Grant access to locked rooms justby looking at the door Close shutters by looking at awindow and nodding
  5. 5. 4Google Glass enables a completely new way of interaction with the user’ssurrounding – it becomes easier and much faster.User Interactions (Possible Scenarios)Your heat is set to21°. Turn it up to24°?Want towatch TV?Lighting is setto „dinner“.Welcome home!Unlock frontdoor?Source: Further usage scenarios: Video ofGoogle Glass experience Further concepts: Sight Contextual device recognition asbasis for presenting statusinformation of the device Automatically loaded controlinterfaces allowing controlling andregulating device Smartness of interaction dependingon capabilities of the deviceBottom LineFurther InformationEnergy ControlLightingEntertainmentHome AutomationSource: MS&C analysis
  6. 6. 5Google Glass has the potential to enable an entirely new approach of interaction.Consumer’s acceptance will be a critical issue.Google Glass – SWOTStrengths WeaknessesThreatsOpportunities Intuitive, easy and fast control of connected devices Context-based delivery of information when and where it isneeded Elimination of media switching for interacting with connecteddevices Open platform providing maximum flexibility to consumersand developers Short battery life (2-4 hours at constant usage) High price at market entry New and uncommon design Dependency on smartphone and internet connectivity Increases the interactivity between the user and hissurrounding environment Broad acceptance of developers and manufacturersresulting in a great number of new apps and devices forGlass Intensive competition of developers and manufacturersfacilitating innovation around Glass Connecting niche and pointed solutions through Google’splatform to a comprehensive smart home solution Security concerns of consumers and manufacturers Risk of unauthorized access to connected devices Consumer’s fear of sharing private data with Google Consumer’s rejection of using Google Glass in public life Unclear how the configuration of scenarios will beimplementedSource: MS&C analysis
  7. 7. 6Google Glass provides a new interface; therewith equalizes the advantages oftoday’s platform solutions and unifies pointed solutions in a central hub.Consumer and Market PerspectiveSource: MS&C analysis1 Ambient Assisted Living Inconsistent user experience across different use cases No coordination or collaboration of individual servicesCurrentlyPlatforms: Comprehensive ecosystemsLighting Security AAL1 Heating Comprehensive ecosystem for each solution Variety of use cases within one system Consistent user experiencePointed Solutions: Solitary solutions for single use casesLighting Security AAL1 HeatingWith Google GlassPlatforms: Do platforms lose their added value?Lighting Security AAL1 HeatingLighting Security AAL1 HeatingPointed Solutions: With added platform capabilities?Central hub for internet of things Threatening any existing platform andopening opportunities for pointed solutions
  8. 8. 7Google Glass and its supportive services have the potential to revolutionize thesmart home industry.Consumer and Market Perspective Opening new opportunities especially for providers ofpointed solutions, e.g. Philips hue, nest Potentially threatening any existing platform by takingaway their central need: Enabling interoperability ofdevices from different manufacturers Google possessing the knowledge, network, and resourcesto build up a completely new and independent ecosystem Open access to the Mirror API necessary for appdevelopment for the developer community Releasing new market dynamics by offering an open anduniversal versatile platform to any developer andmanufacturer Positioning Glass as the central hub for the internet ofthingsWhy and What Google Glass Is ChangingIf you would like to discuss the impact ofGoogle Glass on your business, please get incontact with:Michael MückeManaging Partnerm.muecke@muecke-sturm.deSource: MS&C analysis