From a construction companies perspective a smart home may be one that is fitted with all mod cons and where the construction process is simple, maybe with items pre-fabricated off site.
To a gardener, a smart home may be one that has sprinklers built into the lawn and the borders.
To most people reading this on the Clove Blog, a smart home will likely mean a house full of electricity hungry, screen rich gadgets.
More than likely your home is well on its way to being filled with lots of these items already, but just how smart are they?
Independently they may be very clever, but what about when it comes to connecting and integrating?
Take a simple solution of having one central location for storing all your photos and media captured on the variety of mobile devices in your home. You may have a slick setup, but I bet it took some time to get there. Or it may be a nightmare, especially if you have a variety of platforms in use.
Now whilst I do not have a solution for you if you have the above issue; I was using it as an example of how whilst the tech we own is very sophisticated in their own right, together they can be much more complicated and more of a problem.
ARCHOS are a known brand, but probably best known for their tablets and being perhaps second class to the likes of Samsung, Apple, Sony and more.
Your attitude should start to change when you see what they are bringing to the market.
Back in January, ARCHOS announced their Smart Home, which was all about connecting your home with ease.
I can speak first hand about how connecting your home isn’t that simple as I am trying to make my own home smarter. But honestly there are so many products that all do different things but do not work all that well together, unless you want to spend big bucks and lets face it, few of us can afford to do this.
ARCHOS are looking to change this; essentially giving you, me, your mum, gran or next door neighbour an equal opportunity to have a more connected home and you need not have a big budget or have to re-build your home.
Their current vision for the Smart Home, possibly even an automated home (depending on your take) is quite clear. They want to give you and I the opportunity to do things and monitor things we have previously had to buy lots of expensive and separate kit for.
Have you ever wondered whether your kids have been rummaging through your change pot or whether your wife keeps turning the heating up when you have gone to work or whether your tradesman actually spent as long on the job as they said they did?
I surmise that most can relate to this in some way or another.
Imagine then that when you had gone to work, you could remotely login to see what the temperature is in your house an hour after you left for work.
Suppose you could record and watch the tradesman at your home whilst you were at work.
Imagine knowing and recording, complete with graphic evidence that your kids did ‘borrow’ those few coins from your change pot.
The ARCHOS Smart Home will allow all this.
Due to be available very soon, the kit will include all of the aforementioned functionality along with the ability to expand your system further.
So the components in themselves are separate, but they all link together in one easy location, the Smart Home tablet which can be accessed remotely from your smartphone.
The scene has been set as to what you can have. Follow the Clove Blog and the story of the ARCHOS Smart Home here as we bring you more news, information and details on how the smart home works and how it could make your home smarter.