HomeKit System Patent Suggests Room Sensors And Tracking With Biometric Authentication For A Truly Smarter Home
Apple is working on a smart floor plan deduction system for HomeKit. It will detect, authenticate users and objects in the surrounding and analyze it. This will offer users a much more personalized experience.
The system, detailed in a patent application titled “Deducing Floor Plans Using Modular Wall Units,” would use a suite of wall-mounted sensors to analyze and detect the activity within a given room.
It sends the data to our iPhone or iPad and the system then analyzes it and goes through the various ways the movement and the room usage patterns can be tracked and monitored. Sensors mounted on a wall in the room would be able to detect activity in that room and create/modify the floorplan accordingly. This collected data will then be used to create better smart home devices and functionality.
The data from the sensors would be able to understand the room’s plan, the traffic patterns, the amount of time an object spent moving or being stationary in that room, and so on. If the sensors use image data, it would open a lot of opportunities, such as using this in Apple’s ARKit and the iPad Pro LiDAR sensor. According to the patent, the sensors could be embedded in regular objects that are usually present in our room, such as thermostats, power outlets, cameras, and so on.
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