The connected home starts out in most people’s’ minds as a kitschy Jetsons-like, futuristic impossibility. After a little explanation, most can make the leap to the more realistic interconnected possibilities opening up these days, but even so, it still sometimes feel like a weird dream.
The reality is, when you combine smart fridges, wifi-enabled light bulbs, smart thermostats, smart phones and a worldwide internet, the connected home is a lot less impossible.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst Colin McKerracher recently sat down to explain the connected home. He covers a wide range of questions, including just what we can expect in the coming years from the connected home, and the impact this new industry is having on policy and energy giants.
Here’s the Bloomberg video of Colin discussing the connected home:
CleanTechnica has covered the connected home for years now, and I’ve been a personal fan of technologies like smart thermometer Nest, wifi-enabled light bulbs like LIFX, and most recently the Blossom smart sprinkler system.
Blossom has only just hit the big-time, with a product announcement and accompanying Kickstarter campaign (that is designed to push production, rather than finance the idea). With 19 days to go (as of writing), more than 500 backers have pledged over $60,000 of the $30,000 goal.
Blossom is a first-of-its-kind smart sprinkler system that conserves water, significantly reduces water utility bills and gives users control from their smartphones or tablets.
As technology develops and consumer technologies like smartphones continue to grow in functionality, connected home possibilities are only going to flourish. All in all, it’s a fantastic time to start watching this growing initiative — for the energy savings it could create at home, and for the sheer joy of new consumer technology.