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HOW CAN THE INTERNET OF THINGS IMPACT EVERYDAY LIFE IN PASADENA?

HOW CAN THE INTERNET OF THINGS IMPACT EVERYDAY LIFE IN PASADENA?

Interconnectedness

How many of you could be parted from your smartphone? Smart devices already play a part in most of our lives. Over the next decade, millions of new devices will be created. They will all be equipped with sensors that will generate real time data that can be used to create a tailormade environment that caters to our wishes and desires. Devices will not only be responsive to our wishes, but will anticipate our needs based on our patterns of behavior.

The first place to start with interconnectedness is in the home. Start with a few simple smart home devices and gradually add more and more.

HEATING & COOLING

Smart thermostats make a lot of sense as they can save energy and therefore money. NEST has created a thermostat that helps you save energy by learning what temperature you like and building a personalized schedule to suit you. Use it for a week and it programs itself, adapting to your habits and the seasons.

If for example you always turn up the heating when you get up in the morning, NEST will soon do that for you automatically. It can tell when you are home through sensors and the location of your smartphone. It can change your heating or cooling to Auto-Away to save energy when you are away from home. 

LIGHTING

A new breed of LED lightbulbs allows you to change from warm to cool lighting and also lets you alter the actual color of the bulb, all from a mobile app. Whether you are in the mood for soft romantic lighting or something more theatrical, you can enjoy your own personal wireless lighting system at the mere tap of a screen.  You can set timers to produce different colors or types of lighting throughout the day. Products in this rapidly growing space include Philips Hue, Lümen by Tabü, Osram Lightify, GE Link, iLumi, Lifx and Cree.

REFRIGERATORS

Who would ever have thought that your fridge could be the most exciting thing in your home? The newly launched Family Hub refrigerator by Samsung could be just that. It has a giant touch screen attached to the door that shows your calendar, photos, notes etc. You can browse on the internet or it can mirror the program being shown on your Samsung TV. When you are running low, you can use Groceries by Mastercard straight from the fridge door to shop directly from Fresh Direct or Shop Rite and have the groceries delivered to your home. Want a little music while you are preparing dinner?  Tune in to your favorite Pandora station which will play through the door embedded speakers.

There are even 3 cameras that take a photo of the inside of your fridge about 10 seconds after you close the door. This means you can hit a button and see what’s inside your fridge without opening the door. This is all in addition to the usual basic fridge functions like keeping things cool and making ice.

SECURITY SYSTEMS

Outdoor cameras, door lock cameras and continuous video recording can all controlled from your phone. You can relax knowing that your home is safe when you are away. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world.  As long as you have an internet connection you can use your phone or computer to check in on each room in your home and receive alerts.  From the same app you can lock and unlock your door and open and close your garage doors.