The IoT Round-up: What’s been happening this week? (19th November 2017)

This week we bring you news of an unfortunate delay for Apple fans, Google investing in ‘chimes’, and an energy company looking to roll out smart home devices throughout Europe.  It’s time to catch up with all the big stories in the world of IoT.

HomePod won’t be home for the holidays

For those of you expecting to unwrap a fresh new Apple HomePod speaker on Christmas morning, look away now.  HomePod is now delayed until 2018.  Citing the need for a few tweaks here and there, Apple now expects to ship their new device in early 2018.  While Apple are known for their quality control, and this delay was obviously needed to make sure the HopePod lives up to its hype, missing the lucrative holiday season is not something Apple will be happy about doing.  HomePod was expected to take on Google Home and Amazon Echo this Christmas, but now we will have to wait until next year to see how the new boy fairs in the smart speaker arena.  For more information on where Apple sees the smart home going in the next few years, check out our previous article, here.

Nest’s new Smart Chime System

The team at Nest have filed for a patent that would play unique sounds, depending on the location, event, and which person the notification was aimed at.  A quick example of this would be a shrill alarm-type sound for when Robert needs to leave for work, a buzzer sound for when Dylan needs to start cooking dinner, and a softer more relaxed-sounding beep when the front door has been opened.  This personalized style of audible notification could prove extremely useful in busy households, and as more and more gadgets get the ‘smart home makeover’, personalized chimes could be the defining attribute that actually gives value to these notifications, rather than having the same noises being nothing more than a bothersome interruption that nobody really knows the meaning of.  For more information on this, check out this article in The Spoon.

How to gain trust in the world of IoT?  Get a trusted brand to help.

While IoT device sales are increasing exponentially, there are still some people out there who simply don’t trust their homes to be run at the touch of a smartphone screen. Companies like Nest and Hive have tried to make inroads in the home automation industry, but how can they break down that wall of scepticism that some people have built up ever since they heard about smart thermostats?  British Gas seems to think that having their name attached to the devices might help. Centrica, who own British Gas, are looking to roll out their offer of Hive thermostats along with their energy supplies throughout Europe, in the hope that their trusted brand could help transition customers away from their old systems, and into the modern era.  More on this story from the Telegraph.

Security still the main worry for consumers

As we had previous thought, consumers are holding off buying smart home devices because of a perceived lack of security. Whether this is warranted is debatable, but regardless of whether you see the current security level of smart home devices as being adequate, the fact many don’t is an issue within itself.  Consulting firm Deloitte conducted a survey in which consumers seem to not only think that privacy and security within smart home devices is not good enough, but also that the companies responsible for building the devices are not good enough at convincing them they are being overly cautious. More on this story over at Business Insider.




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