We know what the smart home of the present looks like — a lot of different products with a lot of different control apps, which may or may not work well together. Intel’s been looking forward to the future of the smart home, and they’re putting it on display in their Tiny Home.
The Intel Tiny Home is a 210-sq. ft. portable home that Intel is using as laboratory, testing out what will and won’t work in the homes of the future. Current homes have the problem of being designed for use with older technology — Intel’s new digs are a forerunner of homes that will (and are) being built around smart technology, and that’s something that could fundamentally change the way we look at smart home technology.
For now, the Tiny Home doesn’t stray too far from the familiar. Intel showcased their True Key technology, which uses facial recognition to automatically unlock doors, along with smart home basics like smart lighting, a smart thermostat, and connected appliances. The kicker, and something we hope to see more of, is that all of the home’s functions can be controlled from a single tablet app. The door can be unlocked (even remotely) for visitors, while with a few taps, homeowners can change the color of their lights, turn them on or off, or dim them. Same goes for thermostat controls, appliance controls, and the like — everything in one place, on a proper smart home dashboard.
Sensors also play a big role in the Tiny Home. Intel demonstrated a water leak sensor that can be placed under sinks — if it gets wet, the sensor will both push a notification to the tablet app and give the home’s lights a flash to alert the homeowner that something is wrong. The app then immediately surfaces suggestions, like calling a plumber.
Tablet not around? Not a problem in the Tiny Home. The future also involves talking to your home, with voice commands accepted for just about anything you could do with the tablet app. The day when you will name your house so you can talk to it is fast approaching.
Intel is taking the Tiny Home back to storage at their Santa Clara headquarters, but we don’t think we’ve heard the last from it — expect plenty more surprises when the Tiny Home hits the road again.