CES is the international consumer electronics trade show that sets the trend in the field of industrial design for the next year. This year’s event visited by 170 000 people … It is at CES that the most significant presentations of new products and technologies are held. After analyzing all the novelties of this exhibition, our editorial staff has selected for you 7 the brightest household devices , which represent the future …
Key trends in industrial design in 2017
The main trend in the fast-growing smart home appliance market is recording the main behavioral factors of users with subsequent adaptation and development of household automation systems. Experts predict the growth of this market segment to $ 78 billion in 5 years. The industry’s current growth will soon hit 13%.
Also a significant breakthrough was the appearance of the Intel Compute Card device and development of voice assistants Amazon Echo and Google Home, but let’s get things in order.
The Intel Compute Card is a combination of a processor, memory, memory, and wireless interface with a variety of connectors. In fact, it is a device that performs the function The “brain” of household appliances …
It has many possibilities in its arsenal: from memorizing favorite modes to preventing damage to food and clothing. The uniqueness of the Intel Compute Card lies in its size – it is slightly larger than a bank card. Yes, and over the unification “Intel” tried, “mini-brain” is suitable for both an iron and a refrigerator.
It is easy to replace, which reminds the battery in your mobile phone. If your home device has acquired a new function or is technologically outdated, you will have enough buy new Compute Card and replace the old one. Agree, something does not understand the process of release of new operating systems for smartphones or PCs, when the newest “operating systems” support only the newest devices. All market sharks have already lined up for this new product.
Technology is the second impetus for the home appliances of the future. Amazon Echo and Google Home that allow voice control of your home appliances.
Imagine, now to connect a router, you will not need to understand its settings, the voice assistant will do it himself, you just need to give commands. Or, for example, your hands are busy cooking in the kitchen, and you need to order fresh food for dinner, a voice assistant under a sensitive guidance will do it with ease. We will talk in more detail about the application of this know-how at the end of the article. We will not torment you further and will introduce you to our cherished seven.
1. Bed Sleep Number 360
Our list of industrial design of the future opens with a device that was previously associated with us exclusively with furniture. Now it is more of a gadget – Smart bed … The Sleep Number 360 double bed looks no different from a simple bed. No vulgar neon, chrome or hi-tech design, just functionality. “Smart bed” individually will adjust the firmness of the mattress , heats up the leg area and wake up at a given time …
Also, the device will help you get rid of snoring, if a characteristic sound is identified, the headboard of one of the halves of the mattress will be raised by 7 ° so that the sleeping person takes the correct position for breathing. If you don’t have to get up anywhere on the weekend, the bed, thanks to its many sensors and sensors, will determine the moment when you have a full sleep and will lift you up at the peak of vivacity to avoid the feeling of a “heavy” head. The novelty will arrive in stores by the summer.
2. Smart refrigerator
The second line of our rating of the best is again occupied by a device with the prefix “smart”, but only now, without a special flight of imagination, everything is more prosaic – this is smart fridge … From now on, you can control it with your voice, gestures or commands. The breakthrough was the self-diagnosis function. Now a smart refrigerator in the event of a breakdown, he will determine the cause himself and inform the service center about it.
The function of analyzing the contents of the smart refrigerator is also fascinating. He himself evaluates the contents of the shelves and the shelf life of the products, if you need to replenish the stock, the device itself will order the products in the online store. By learning the habits and preferences of the owners of the smart refrigerator automatically fill the ice cube before that period of the day when you usually get cold drinks. In summer, responding to changes in temperature and humidity, your home cold factory will start a 4-stage sterilization system to protect your food from spoilage.
3. Smart air conditioner
In third place is Smart air conditioner … This know-how analyzes which rooms you visit most often during the day, thanks to which promptly is established most comfortable temperature right before you arrive …
Let’s say that on weekdays after work you spend most of your time in the kitchen, and closer to sleep in the bedroom, on weekends the most popular place in the house is the living room, respectively, these locations will be cooled or heated, depending on the preferences of the owners.
4. Robot vacuum cleaner
In the middle of our ranking skillful industrial design housed robot vacuum cleaner … Its sensory and optical sensors allow it to scan the location, shape and size of objects in rooms. And thanks to the memory function, it skillfully “goes around” obstacles in its subsequent use.
Wires and slippers are easily read by sensors and do not fall under the rotating brush of the device. If the robot vacuum cleaner recognizes a person, it uses a voice signal to ask him to move away for further unhindered cleaning.
5. Technological “washing machine”
We gave the fifth place washing machine of a new generation. The innovations lie in the fact that now the device has got two washing compartments, i.e. You can wash your clothes in parallel with completely different settings … Things are loaded vertically into the first compartment, and frontally into the second.
Also, the new “washing machine analyzes the hardness of the water, thereby regulating the temperature of the water and its amount in order to prevent damage to clothes.” The last wording made us smile and was taken entirely from the advertising brochure, but here it is worth paying attention to the fact that this is a completely and completely marketing move, since water hardness is the presence of magnesium and calcium salts in it and cannot at all affect the quality of your clothes, let alone damage them.
But there is also a really interesting function in this washing machine – if your clothes are unnecessarily dirty, they will add an extra rinse cycle …
6. Radio wave charging Freevolt
Charging that draws energy from the air took sixth place in our ranking. In an era when we are increasingly talking about “smart” home and constantly growing energy consumption, it is worth thinking about alternative sources of electricity.
To power low-power devices, scientists from the University of Washington have developed a new charger that consumes energy from radio waves that saturate our space … The technology was named Freevolt. Also thanks to this development, it became possible to charge low-power devices using Wi-Fi.
7. Tumbler Yumi
Closes our hit parade of revolutionary household appliances robot assistant Yumi, which resembles a tumbler. He is able to follow you around the house, waiting for orders, ready turn on the music , find necessary information on the internet , tell about the weather forecast, or start the car engine … The robot assistant can recognize your voice up to 5 meters away thanks to the noise canceling function.
After compiling this rating, we asked him to comment on the designer, teacher and researcher at the Faculty of Physics of the KNU. T. Shevchenko Artem Fedorov.
Our expert reacted with a great deal of skepticism and irony to all of the above household devices, because according to him, these developments and technologies cannot be called progress, because they have long been implemented, but now the time has come for them to become part of our everyday life.
Most of these technologies are implemented through multiple controllers and sensors. For example, the principle of operation of a smart air conditioner can be implemented using a motion sensor, as well as a controller programmed with a small code no more than 30 lines long. Ukrainian developers have been implementing these technologies for a long time and they are quite cheap to manufacture. Such mechanisms can be assembled by teenagers in robotics lessons and their cost does not exceed 300 hryvnia.
In conclusion, we invite you to evaluate how much these 7 devices can improve your life and whether they are worth the money. The choice is always yours.
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