Imagine when you wake up you have a bathtub ready with hot water and your room temperature at 28 degrees Celsius and you can dispense food for the dog by giving a voice command, your car connected showing you the duration in dropping the kids at school and driving to the office based on your departure time and your life organized at each step this way. This is the practical answer to ‘what is Internet of Things "IoT" ?’
Everything today can be integrated to the internet. There are sensors attached to most of the devices that makes it possible. The technology is easily accessible and all these things are creating a perfect atmosphere for this latest wave of the Internet of Things.
Solectra-IoT wants to put you on the path of integration the Smart Way.
Amazon was the first company to integrate voice commands to IoT networks, even if companies like Google and Apple have found their strides. That means Alexa is compatible with a large number of third-party devices, with dozens more all the time. Alexa isn’t as enhanced as its competitors when it comes to search or conversation flourishes, but for users who just want to turn on the lights with a voice command, she’ll do just fine.
Google’s answer to Alexa is newer and more powerful, and it also works with a large number of third-party devices. But users who have an Android phone (which also features deep Google Assistant integration) will reap the full benefits. Gmail and Google Calendar users will find particular utility as well. Google Assistant can set appointments or dig through your email to find upcoming flight info.
Of the big three, Apple’s smart assistant, Siri, is the least open to mingling. That means it’s awesome for people who have Apple products (HomePod, Apple TV) or use its services (Apple Music) but now with Apple "shortcuts" integration with other manufacturers is smooth. HomeKit, Apple’s bridge between different devices, does indeed work with many devices, but you need an iPhone or iPad to take advantage of its power.
Hey Google, Where Do Voice Assistants Go from Here?
As voice assistants continue to be refined through new ML (machine learning) techniques, and within the wider context of the proliferation of IoT home products, enabling these products will be more accessible for all homes.
Once voice-enabled IoT technology is considered not a luxury but truly ubiquitous across income segments, we’ll see the IoT technology morph into other verticals then only turning a light on by a voice command. For now, however, we should expect to see IoT companies focusing on utilizing voice assistants in groundbreaking ways. At the very least, we know we’ll be entertained by #ARR. Who doesn’t want Alexa in their toilet?
“ALEXA” flush the toilet and turn the light’s OFF when I am done!