The ultimate connected smartphone home

Features Clare Hopping 17:08, 13 Mar 2012

We create the ultimate connected home, from streaming content to your TV, to controlling the lock on your front door

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One theme that was prominent during Mobile World Congress and CES was the idea that mobile forms the central focus in the home, and it's becoming even more important.

In fact, many industry executives, including Liat Ben-Zur, senior director of Business Development and Software Strategy at Qualcomm agrees that the mobile phone and tablet will form the basis of our homes in the near future.

So what part will the smartphone play in the coming years?

1. Surf the internet on your touchscreen window
Samsung displayed its Smart Windows at CES in January. It comprises a transparent LCD screen that you can use as a touchscreen computer. It connects to your home Wi-Fi connection and the interface is almost identical to an Android phone, with widgets and apps displaying as you wish.

The demonstration at CES included a weather forecast application that shows off a five-day forecast, the latest stocks and share prices, plus a Twitter application that displays in mega-size. There's also a calendar application and email.

When it's time to go to bed, you can pull the shutters closed from above and the window will block out light.

It's a fantastic concept - very Minority Report indeed.

2. Control your washing machine remotely
Imagine being able to turn your washing machine on without even touching it.

Samsung announced its AllShare washing machine technology at CES in January and it was one of the highlights of the show for lazy people.

If you connect your smartphone and the washing machine to the same network, you can set alerts, change cycles, remotely start or pause the washing machine from the comfort of you sofa, or bed, or anywhere else in your house for that matter.

It's a little unfortunate that you have to be on the same network though - let's hope the next innovation allows you to control your washing machine from your office.

Of course, you'll still have to load and unload the washing machine by hand.

3. Unlock your front door with your iPad
AT&T showcased its Digital Life concept in the Connected House at Mobile World Congress and one of the most interesting applications was the ability to lock and unlock your front door using your iPad or iPhone.

The AT&T Digital Life application also allows you to control your lights, heating and home alarm system just by tapping an icon from within the Digital Life application.


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