Tech companies bet big on ‘internet of things’

Tech companies are looking to invest heavily in the “internet of things,” which will have big implications for home automation systems.

The term refers to online connections between all kinds of household objects, allowing them to communicate with each other.

For example, many home automation systems include lighting and heating systems that can be adjusted remotely when the homeowner is away. However, with “internet of things”-style connectivity, users could instead simply turn off the lights and let that system automatically communicate with the heat, allowing it to adjust appropriately.

In short, it’s a way for our homes to be smarter, saving us time and effort—not to mention utility bills.

Recently, Intel announced that it would be developing its own home automation system to take advantage of the “internet of things.”

According to an article in Engadget, the company is working on a platform that will let users program their thermostats, Wi-Fi light bulbs, door locks and other security systems so that they work together—and autonomously.

The news source provides one example: “A layer of middleware lets the bits of hardware talk to each other on an ad-hoc basis, so that say, when a baby monitor hears a crying child, it can tell a nearby stereo to tee up some soothing tunes to put him back to sleep automatically.”

Intel is one of many companies working on such devices. Homeowners who are interested in installing one of their own should consult with a North Carolina home automation company and choose the system that is best for them.