The lack of compatibility has created long-term problems. An Apple-compatible lock is not useful for the family member or future tenant who prefers Android. It would also be more convenient one day if our home units could actually talk to each other, like a washer that tells a dryer that a large load was ready to be dried.
This year, the technology industry’s biggest rivals – Apple, Samsung, Google and Amazon – are playing well to make the smart home more convenient. They plan to release and update home technology to work with Matter, a new standard that allows smart home devices to talk to each other, regardless of the virtual assistant or phone brand. More than 100 smart home products are expected to meet the standard.
“We all speak a common language built on already proven technologies,” said Samantha Osborne, vice president of marketing for SmartThings, the home automation company owned by Samsung.
This means that later this year, when purchasing a product such as an automatic door lock, look for a label indicating that the device is compatible with Matter. Then your smart alarm clock in the future can tell your smart lights that they should turn on when you wake up.
3. Associated health.
Fitness gadgets like Apple Watch and Fitbit, which help us track our movements and heart rate, are becoming more popular. So this year, technology companies are experimenting with smaller portable devices that collect more intimate data about our health.
Oura, a healthcare technology company, recently introduced a new model of its Oura ring, which is embedded with sensors that track measurements, including body temperature, to accurately predict menstrual cycles. This week at CES, a tech show in Las Vegas, Movano, another healthcare technology start-up, unveiled a similar ring that puts together data on your heart rate, temperature and other measures to inform a wearer about potential chronic diseases.
Medical experts have long warned about the potential consequences of health technology. Without proper context, the data could potentially be used to misdiagnose diseases and turn people into hypochondriacs. But if the widely sold-out Covid rapid test kits are any measure, several of us seem to be prepared to be proactive in monitoring our health.