Tech in the Living Space, Is It Real?

Anne Potts

Managing Director & Executive Vice President

We all know that technology is already in our living spaces. Nest and other innovations are breakthroughs, educating the market on how easily a home can be controlled from miles away. Voice technologies, like Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana are processing billions of interactions each week, providing a virtual assistant to make everyday activities easier. It’s also changing how we choose to interact with one another and our spaces. For example, Ori by Yves Behar is a robotic furniture system poised to transform urban living, offering a dynamic environment that allows our rooms to respond to our needs, even as our living spaces become smaller. Airmega integrates with voice technology to monitor the air in a home and purify it according to our individual needs and preferences. Curb reduces environmental impact by allowing us to manage our homes’ energy usage from anywhere – the type of monitoring that will ultimately be the catalyst for transformation to smart cities.

Innovators are looking to enhance our lives though personalized, responsive environments – whether it’s to support our comfort, safety, energy efficiency, or health and mental wellness. Over time, these environments will even become increasingly interconnected themselves allowing seamless transition from the office, to the car, to the home and beyond.

Where we’re heading is that wonderful blend of a simple experience backed by extraordinary complexity. We envision it as the chameleon effect in reverse where our environment will respond to us – from walls changing color and music playing to suit our mood, to data flowing to support our decisions and alert us to safety concerns. As we move toward technology increasingly connecting us with our environments, we are on the verge of major disruption in our living spaces where seamless, effortless experiences will become the expectation.

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