Your life, smart and connected
I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about everything “smart”. It’s honestly an overused, overhyped concept; right up there with the Internet of Things. Why do I say this? While the term is thrown about, no one can really articulate what constitutes a “smart” anything.
Our personal lives are plenty smart as it is since we have an app for everything. Technology is firmly ingrained into our daily lives and connectivity is a must. So in essence, we’re already living out an era of the Internet of Things, because everything needs to be connected. We are addicted to our constant feed of information, which has become a basis of our relationships and interactivity with the world around us.
If you think of your smartphone as the hub of your smart life and you want to expand your circle of influence, your immediate upgrade would be the home. This is where home automation comes into play. Again though, this isn’t a new concept. In 1969, the Honeywell Kitchen Computer was a smart device that was designed to help store and read recipes while you cooked. Today, we can talk to our appliances, they can talk to themselves and can learn your habits.
When taken to a bigger scale (we’re talking about a whole country here), you’ve got what the Singapore government is trying to do with their Smart Nation initiative. As mentioned, none of the concepts are new, and nobody has a concrete blueprint of what it means to be truly “smart”. I personally think we’re already halfway there and we’ll continue easing into whatever is next, instead of suddenly realizing a major phenomenon. Zachary Chan Editor