Automated Living

Smartphone-controlled objects provide extreme convenience
Implications - Mobile technology is having a profound impact on home automation, allowing consumers to create 'smart' living spaces by controlling their appliances, entertainment units, thermostats, fixtures, security systems and more with their smartphones. The adoption rate of these smartphone-controlled innovations is rising -- according to ABI Research, approximately 1 million home-automation systems were sold across North America in 2011, and this number is predicted to grow six times by 2016. With smartphone ownership nearly ubiquitous and reliance on mobile technology rising at a rapid pace, this direction underscores the opportunities for smart living spaces and smartphone-controlled innovations in the marketplace.
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Warm Top 6 Examples: 24,633 Total Clicks Feb 12 - Sep 12
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Smartphone-Controlled Timepieces  - Receive Mobile Notifications On-the-Go with the Pebble Watch
SCORE: 7.1
V. Hot 12,562 Clicks Pub: Apr 16, 12
Smartphone-Controlled Timepieces
Receive Mobile Notifications On-the-Go with the Pebble Watch
The Pebble Watch is a 2.0 version of your typical digital watch, but aside from telling time, it also allows you to sync it to your iPhone or Android device. This device connects to your smartphone... [More]
Automated Home Electronics - The WeMo Plug Allows You to Control Your Surroundings With an App
SCORE: 5.5
Warm 2,741 Clicks Pub: Jul 16, 12
Automated Home Electronics
The WeMo Plug Allows You to Control Your Surroundings With an App
This innovative WeMo plug by Belkin allows you to effortlessly control your home electronics with the push of a button. Basically, any device that can be plugged into a wall, can be controlled with... [More]
Intimately Controlled Coolers - The Gerhardt Kellermann Fan Changes Speed with a Gentle Stroke
SCORE: 4.6
Mild 1,744 Clicks Pub: Jul 3, 12
Intimately Controlled Coolers
The Gerhardt Kellermann Fan Changes Speed with a Gentle Stroke
As much as buttons are an effective way to provide users with clear controls for their electronics, they aren’t the most humanizing approach to industrial design. The Gerhardt Kellermann Fan... [More]
Everyday Object Automation Platforms - SmartThings Will Turn Your Home Into a Smart Living Space
SCORE: 4.7
Mild 1,688 Clicks Pub: Aug 26, 12
Everyday Object Automation Platforms
SmartThings Will Turn Your Home Into a Smart Living Space
Imagine a world where everything in your home—your lights, door lock, thermostat, kitchen appliances, etc.—was automated so that they turned off and on when you needed them to and sent... [More]
Smartphone-Operated Circuits - The 'Wireless Smart Socket' Controls Homes from Afar
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Mild 1,615 Clicks Pub: Aug 8, 12
Smartphone-Operated Circuits
The 'Wireless Smart Socket' Controls Homes from Afar
The Munich and Kaiserslautern-based Fraunhofer Institute has developed the ‘Wireless Smart Socket,’ another breakthrough in digitally-controlled homes. The ability to control lighting,... [More]
App-Controlled Appliances - The Samsung Android Oven Connects to Your Smartphone for Easy Cooking
SCORE: 4.3
Mild 4,283 Clicks Pub: Feb 26, 12
App-Controlled Appliances
The Samsung Android Oven Connects to Your Smartphone for Easy Cooking
Even if you aren't keen on cooking, the Samsung Android Oven may just change your mind and turn you into a master chef. The oven is technologically sound and makes meals easily with a swipe of a finger.… [More]