Today the most popular smart home use cases are home entertainment, safety and security.
Anticipating your needs (cut the clutter: beginning to)
There are a LOT of opinions about what makes a GOOD energy management experience.
In our research:
Interest varies widely depending on whether participants already have solar. Age has biggest impact on participant UI preference – older participants prefer email reports/in-home display, younger participants prefer apple watch/smart phone app + notifications Lease customers are more interested in savings calculation than cash customers Άρα fine tuning: all customers r not one customer/ good point
There are some common threads: It starts with visibility. Participants see themselves as unlikely to change their behavior; system must automatically optimize for them.
“The smart home is a noisy place with thousands of connectable devices released each year, and companies announcing new platforms and standards every quarter. At the center of these solutions are three core customer value propositions: improved home safety, convenience, and greater energy efficiency. Motion-activated security systems enable us to feel safer, provide remote viewing via cameras, and let us control access to our homes. Individual smart switches allow remote control of specific outlets and lights tied to a schedule, or phone location (e.g. the porch light is only on when it really should be). Smarter (and more attractive) thermostats have taken center stage by automatically adjusting the cooling/heating schedule to match the homeowners’ actual day-to-day comfort needs.” -- http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/21358/energy-management, Erik Norwood, CURB
“Home security and energy management are leading drivers to create a smart home experience for consumers.
Smart thermostats cost three to four times more than traditional thermostats, but people are willing to buy them because they’re connected and serve a purpose to help save energy. The energy-saving ecosystem can become even more important than the product itself.”
the ability for systems in a building to acquire and
apply knowledge about the building
“Smart is about the building beginning to
anticipate your needs – it is about living in
a machine that cares about you.”
“It is not all about high-tech digital design technologies;
an intelligent building has to include other low-tech
approaches such as passive environmental control.”