Smart Home: Seven Questions about Its Popularity
1. What is smart home on earth?
Smart home seems great and wonderful in concept, but in reality, it tends to be exaggerated. The manufacturer simply takes out a product labeled with smart home at a higher price and overstates its functions just to facilitate the transaction. On the contrary, the consumer feels no difference between the smart product and traditional one after experience with disappointment.
2. Why is smart home so popular in recent two years?
A dozen years ago, those who were engaged in real estate and decoration took an optimistic attitude towards smart home, but at that time, if they pined their hope on a large and comprehensive system to achieve it, the smart home with high investment and poor experience would be only tried by the richest for fun. However, over the two years, household appliances manufacturers have found that they can make the single product have a better user experience with the tool of Internet and also help reshuffle the industry; while Internet companies are eager to have a try to turn household appliances into their entrance to the smart home industry，competing for more right to speak in the hardware market.
3. What are the main forces in the market?
Of course, it’s the traditional household appliances manufacturers that play a leading role, of which the most active ones are Haier and Midea. They have irreplaceable advantages in the process and channels of the products, but their disadvantages are also obvious in terms of services related to the user experience, like software, Internet and others, and experience in setting up an open platform.
The second force is the Internet giant. Baidu, Alibaba, JD and Tencent have their own arrangements based on the common points that they all place their smart home on their own cloud platforms with the thinking of cloud.
Third force is the entrepreneurial company. Represented by Xiaomi, Broadlink, Demohour and many router vendors, these companies have both Internet and product genes and are trying to start from a certain product to seize the so-called entrance to the smart home industry.
中心肯定有，路由器、智能电视的机会都很大，云端中心也有可能。Reco 智能插座的 CEO王辉对我说，中心一定是现有的在家庭中发挥作用的一个设备，而不会是一个全新的东西。
4. Is there a center and what occupies the central position?
The center must exist. Routers and smart TVs are most likely to occupy the central position and the cloud center is also possible. Wang Hui, the CEO of the Reco smart socket, said to me that the center must be an existing device that plays an important part in the home, not a new thing.
5、为什么大家都喜欢玩 APP 控制?
京东上月 26 号搞了一个发布会，用超级 APP 控制了一大堆家电，很酷，但是没用。搞一个超级遥控器，扔在家里，把家电控制集成在上面不是很好吗?开个空调、换个频道、上个厕所都要找手机，手机有多累你知道吗?
5. Why everyone likes to play with APP control?
At the press conference on the 26th of last month, JD used a super APP to control a lot of household appliances, which looked cool, but useless in fact. It’s better to use a super remote control integrated with household appliances controls at home. Whenever turning on the air conditioners, changing the channels or going to the toilet, you need to look for the mobile phone. How much the mobile phone is overused!
6. In what direction will the control of smart home develop?
Compared with APP and voice control, of course, the automation is the coolest. For example, when you go to the toilet at night, the sensor will automatically turn on the lights on the corridor after sensing your getting up. Once you finishing using it, the toilet will automatically flush and the lights will automatically go out. Or if the air environment inside the home is poor, air conditioners and air purifiers can also automatically start to adjust the air.
7. What is needed to promote the popularity of smart home?
Current problems: first, the functions that are of little value and lack of appeal need to be improved slowly; second, the price is unaffordable for the poor. But with its high cost, it needs to take some time to reduce the price; third, there are concerns about consumer’s concepts; fourth, it doesn’t have a unified standard. Ultimately, anyone who wants to take control should rely on his own strength.
From: The Huxiu
Translated Ashley, CCJK Technologies Co.,Ltd.
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