Privacy, Cost, And Integration Among Concerns Holding Smart Home Acceptance Back
Smart home devices are making lives easier, safer and more comfortable. Tech savvy people have already taken their smart homes to a whole new level of automation, with wide application of sensors, which automatically lock and unlock the doors, operate lights and adjusts thermostats. However, the high cost factor needs to be addressed. Gierad Laput, a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University, is working on reducing the cost of smart home devices by application of individual sensors to monitor each device. But more sensors mean poor aesthetics and cumbersome devices.
Integrated sensor board has potential domestic and commercial applications. But they are coupled with major drawbacks of data privacy and cyber security vulnerability. These need to be effectively addressed for wide acceptability and scalability.
So Laput and his team wanted to see if they could build just one sensor that could monitor a whole range of activity in a room. And they did. It doesn't look like much; just a little 2-inch-square circuit board that plugs into the wall. The board senses about a dozen different facets of its environment: vibrations, sounds, light color and so on. The sensor communicates wirelessly with a computer, which interprets everything it picks up.
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