Meet the Smart Home: What the Jetsons got wrong…

The annual South by Southwest (SXSW) conference is place where visionaries of the technology industry share their insight on a wide range of perplexing ideas. The topics that will be discussed during this intellectually inspiring conference are being selected now through a panel of voters in order to prepare for SXSW, which will be taking place in the spring of 2017. Vice President of Grid Connect, Adam Justice, has submitted a proposal to speak at this conference with the assistance of Richard Gunther, the Director of Client Experience at Universal Mind.

The proposed topic is geared around the infrastructure of the smart home industry; where it is today, where it will be in the coming years, and what technology will enhance the market itself. Justice and Gunther plan to explore the way the smart home has been portrayed by the entertainment industry throughout history, and then compare that to what the smart home actually looks like today. The inaccurate preconceptions of the smart home’s capabilities will finally be brought to light, allowing for a more precise prediction of how the Internet of Things (IoT) will propel the industry and turn this visionary’s dream into a consumer’s reality. This will be a very intriguing presentation as the complex state of the industry will be dissected by a couple of the smart home industry’s thought-leaders.

In order to show support for Grid Connect and vote for this exciting topic to be presented at SXSW, simply click on the link below. Once on the website, it takes a matter of seconds to register an account, then a vote can be casted by clicking the thumbs-up button. We appreciate the support!

VOTE HERE: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/66706

Place Your Vote for Adam's Smart Home Panel at SxSW 2016!

Adam Justice, VP of Grid Connect and Founder of ConnectSense needs your help!

Adam, as well as a few other big players in the smart home industry, have submitted a panel proposal for for the 2016 South by Southwest® Music, Film, and Interactive Conferences (SxSW) called "A smart house divided against itself cannot stand" and needs your vote!

Please visit http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/47138 and give their panel proposal the "thumbs up!" Each vote gets Adam and his fellow IoT thought-leaders closer to being able to present their smart home discussion at this year's SxSW.

Voting ends Friday, September 4th! For more information and to vote now, click here!

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A smart house divided against itself cannot stand

There is a significant barrier to the Internet of Things. Current products are split by competing standards on the market, creating problems for the interoperability of devices in the home. The question is... who will come out on top? HomeKit, Brillo/Weave, AllJoyn, and OIC are all bursting out with big promises. This session will dive into the differences between these standards, picking apart their individual performances apart from the marketed platform. Manufacturers are dependent upon these standards as stages for the interoperability of their products. Our group is comprised of IoT executives who understand what it’s like to work with standards on getting a product out the door.

Questions Answered

  1. Amongst standards like HomeKit, Brillo/Weave, AllJoyn, OIC and more who will come out on top and emerge as the dominant standard in the smart home?
  2. How will the elimination and consolidation of standards affect the market for IoT devices and what is still needed to drive the industry forward?
  3. What is the role of manufacturers and consumers in developing our future as it relates to connected technology?

Speakers

Voting ends Friday, September 4th! For more information and to vote now, click here!

Making the Connected World "Stupid Easy" - SxSW Talk by Adam Justice

When we talk about connected devices it is easy to get overwhelmed by the vastness of the topic. Visions of flying cars and the Jetson’s futuristic home come to mind, and this can be dizzying. Fortunately, these pictures don’t really do justice to the simple elegance of this technology. In our pockets most of us already carry around smartphones: devices saturated in connectivity. Our phones can receive software updates and improvements all the time. These devices mature with age, making it possible to run the newest programs and features without buying a totally new phone.

This is how the connected world works. Devices connected to the consumer allow, over time, for better products and evolving devices. The problem with the Jetsons prophecy is that no one wants to go to the store and replace everything they already have in their home. Installing connectivity into the preexisting fabric of home ecosystems is what IoT companies are after. Devices should be interactive to run and stress-free to update in order for them to be adopted by the public. As Adam Justice, our VP at Grid Connect, likes to say: “It needs to be stupid easy.”

This idea has become even more plausible in recent years. When Grid Connect began about twelve years ago, it cost around $100 to integrate WiFi into a single product. Now, that number has dropped consistently below $10, allowing for the recent induction of many new companies looking to develop products for the Internet of Things. 

View Adam Justice's full Ignite talk at SxSW 2015 below.