The smart home market is growing and it has shifted from a luxury to a middle class. However, connection problems such as insufficient interaction, inconsistent controllers, and lack of practicality are major obstacles to further breakthroughs in smart homes.
American technology company Ossia has developed a wireless charger called Cota, which won the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2018 Innovation Award and created a revolutionary breakthrough in the Internet of Things — wireless charging. This is like using WiFi to provide power, but the effect is better than WiFi.
Ostem Chief Technology Officer Hatem Zein explained how Cota provided power for smart home devices: "Cota has fundamentally solved the problem of long-distance power supply. A Cota transmitter can power multiple devices. At home or in the office, you can There are tens or hundreds of IoT devices, and Cota transmitters can control them within a few meters."
Most importantly, Ossia provides an innovative approach to solving connectivity problems. Current home electronics devices cannot be fully connected. Even if some devices can be connected to each other, they are connected through different and not fully compatible systems.
Ossia's Cota wireless power supply technology can not only provide power for these devices, but also integrate all devices through Cota's built-in data transmission mechanism. Regardless of whether the device was originally connected, Cota can convert them to IoT devices. In a flash, the entire house becomes controllable, configurable and customizable.
Ossia is trying to achieve this goal without changing the equipment and only installing Cota's permanent battery. In this way, devices can communicate with each other what they have done and enable remote control functions.
In addition, Cota can connect each consumer device to the Internet. The goal of this solution is to control, monitor and maintain the equipment instead of replacing WiFi with higher bandwidth and different purposes. On the contrary, Cota and WiFi can work together at the same time.
The Swedish start-up, Sensative, adopts a different strategy. The company's Strips (multi-function sensors) can be attached to the surfaces of everyday objects such as doors and windows and transformed into connecting objects. Strips is the first line of products developed by Sensative. It can be concealed in windows and doors, and the battery life is up to 10 years!
The second option, Yggio, is an open connection platform that manages homes with connected IoT devices and service providers.
Whether it is an IoT service provider backed by Yggio, or an integrated entrance to a smart wireless network, or a consumer who uses Strips to ensure doors and windows are closed, Sensative's solutions are designed to ensure that more and more people enjoy fast speeds every day. , simple and efficient interaction.
Any device that is smart and has data collection capabilities comes from different vendors, with different connection standards and different network interfaces. Therefore, it is difficult for different devices and sensors to work together.
Each device has an independent control system. Just like an APP on a mobile phone, it can only operate independently. No controller can control all the devices in a unified manner. Therefore, the current smart home cannot yet be truly intelligently interconnected.
In addition, due to the rapid update of smart products, companies are focusing on the intelligent improvement of products, often neglecting the actual needs of consumers – products that are easy to use, reliable, and highly durable.
Although smart homes are developing rapidly, they still have a lot of room for development. There are bound to be disruptive innovations in the future. However, companies should uphold a basic attitude—creating superb performance for each consumer. Smooth and stable connection environment with user experience.