Is Privacy And Connectivity Holding Us Back From “Smart” Ambient Computing?
Rishi Chandra, the lead of Google Nest products, is trying to figure out how smart homes would be in five years. While he doesn’t know for certain, he has a bit of an idea. With smart homes, we are entering into the fourth stage of computing – ambient computing.
Ambient computing is the idea that devices like sensors, speakers and displays are embedded in the environment all around you. Many different devices make up a smart home ecosystem. If the devices are from different manufacturers, it is not very convenient for the users. However, companies are now trying harder and brand-specific hubs are no longer a thing.
Many consumers still fear smart home devices over privacy issues and some find it difficult to set up and use. This can be due to disparate products.
Chandra believes there are two key pieces that are missing. “One is a connectivity layer that actually connects all these devices to share context in a trustworthy secure way.”
The second thing is the absence of an intelligence system. Ideally, the data should be processed and decisions taken locally, instead of on cloud for better security and privacy. With contextual engines, companies can work on offering intuitive experiences. Having a unified platform can also remove or lessen frustration seen among the customers having devices from different brands.
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