The Internet started out as part of Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency in 1962. In the 1980s, commercial service providers began supporting public use of ARPANET, allowing it to evolve into our modern Internet. Global Positioning Satellites became a reality in early 1993. This was quickly followed by privately owned, commercial satellites being placed in orbit. Satellites and landlines provide basic communications for much of the home automation technology.
The Internet of Things, as a concept, wasn’t officially named until 1999. One of the first examples of an Internet of Things is from the early 1980s, and was a Coca Cola machine, located at the Carnegie Melon University. Local programmers would connect by Internet to the refrigerated appliance, and check to see if there was a drink available, and if it was cold, before making the trip. By the year 2013, the Internet of Things evolved into to a system using multiple technologies. When thinking of the IOT, consider this idea, any device capable, can be interconnected with other devices. Imagine an alarm waking you at 6 AM in the morning, and then simultaneously signalling your coffee maker to turn on and start brewing coffee. Imagine your printer knowing when you are running low on paper, and automatically ordering more. In truth, IOT is the building block for a smart home. The home automation market was worth US$5.77 billion in 2013, predicted to reach a market value of US$12.81 billion by the year 2020. By the year 2012, in the United States, 1.5 million home automation systems were installed. As per a research firm Statista, more than 45 million smart home devices have been reported to be installed in U.S. homes by the end of the 2018.
A home automation system typically connects IOT supporting devices to a central hub. The UI for control of the system uses wall-mounted terminals, tablet or desktop computers, a mobile phone application, or a Web interface. For example: Temperature control of the home is possible to implement over the internet, incorporating a simple user interface which can run on mobile phones. The devices on the other hand are connected directly to the internet which can be monitored and tweaked as per the user requirement directly over the mobile phone application. Lighting systems are another of the widely implemented examples of home automation technology that incorporate communication between various lighting system inputs and outputs and can be controlled using a central device. Home security systems are also on the rise in a smart home. A household security system integrated with a home automation system can provide additional services such as remote surveillance of security cameras over the Internet, or central locking of all entry and exit points in the house. Leakage and smoke detectors that alert the user upon detecting a gas leakage or smoke are another widely seen implementation in a smart home. Typically speaking, any device can be connected to the internet and monitored as well as controlled using simple applications that run on mobile phones or computers. These days even AI is being implemented in smart appliances to make the user experience smoother. Take for example, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Google Home. These are designed to be connected to all other devices in your home that support IOT and those devices can directly be controlled by these AI powered assistants using just your voice. With increasing connectivity every day, and improving technology, automation is inevitable. 5G is about to be launched worldwide. With the increasing bandwidth and better data transfer rates, 5G also incorporates NB-IOT and LTE-M which means another surge in IOT sector is yet to come.
Haier has been a leader in the home appliance industry for many years. It has developed a wide range of smart products from refrigerators to air conditioners and washing machines. Haier is yet another company that is market ready for such an event. With complete home automation system, they plan to take a bigger chunk of the home automation market. Here are some of their products that fall under the IOT home automation technology grid.
Haier Smart Refrigerator
This innovation is a smart refrigerator featuring a 21.5-inch smart screen that transforms the way users manage food and plan meals. It scans foods for expiration dates, recommends meals based on the contents of the refrigerator, is compatible with Amazon Alexa and orders groceries through Amazon Fresh.
Haier Vertical Air Conditioner
Haier’s Air conditioner is the industry’s first fresh-air, self-cleaning air conditioner. Smart technology allows two levels of air volume for maximum comfort—high volume near the head and low volume for less-cool air around the feet—while smart ventilation allows users to continue to enjoy fresh air while the unit is running.
Haier America Full-Size Kitchen Suite
The first-ever full-size suite of connected appliances from Haier America features a sleek, minimalist style with integrated handles, WiFi connectivity, edge-to-edge viewing glass on the ovens and a French-door refrigerator with the most capacity in its class.
Haier Footwear Care Solutions
New Haier specialty shoe solutions, including a shoe washer, smart shoe cabinet and smart shoe bag, solve a common problem for consumers: the desire for clean footwear but the reluctance to use the traditional washing machine to launder shoes.
Haier Smart Wine Cooler
Haier will unveil a prototype for the world’s first IoT-enabled wine cooler. Leveraging data about more than 800,000 different wines from around the world, the cooler’s smart screen provides users with information about wines, improving their wine knowledge and providing the insight needed to perfectly pair wines with any cuisine. The cooler also allows you to purchase wine directly from more than 100 wineries.
GE Appliances is an appliance manufacturer headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. It is owned by Haier, based in Qingdao, China. Haier has the right to use the GE brand name until 2056. These innovations were featured during the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the Las Vegas.
GE Appliances is the pioneer of many industry-first technologies. The company has the largest suite of smart home appliances, with more than 300 connected models and partnerships with tech brands including Amazon, Google, Apple and Nest. Haier’s U+ platform—the foundation for GE Appliances and Haier connected technologies—makes seamless, whole-home experiences possible. Connected service enhances appliance performance and fosters peace of mind for users. It also helps extend the life of products through reminders, software enhancements and capabilities like remote diagnostics.
GE Appliances Kitchen Hub
The first-of-its-kind smart Kitchen Hub helps consumers improve cooking skills with thousands of proven recipes and guided cooking; manage daily tasks, including calendars and shopping lists; and connect with friends and family through live video chat. And because it’s built on the U+ Connect platform, consumers can also do things like tap into their favourite music and movies or control lighting and temperatures—all with hands-free control through the Google Assistant. Doubling as an exhaust hood above the range and faced with this unique, smart screen, the Kitchen Hub puts everyday tasks at eye level, eliminating the need to reach for your phone while you cook.
GE Profile Countertop Microwave with Scan-to-Cook Technology
Compatible with Amazon Alexa and soon to be compatible with the Google Assistant, GE Appliances’ scan-to-cook technology ensures perfectly prepared food by connecting with a Smartphone to scan barcodes on food packaging and automatically send the microwave precise instructions for cooking times and power levels.
Café Guided Gourmet Cooking
Developed through collaboration between GE Appliances and Hestan Smart Cooking, the latest Café induction cook tops and ranges feature Hestan Cue, an app-guided cooking system with temperature-sensing smart cookware that automatically adjusts the pan temperature as users progress through video-guided recipes.
Casarte Washing Machine
The Casarte washing machine reads the RFID tag on clothing, QR codes on detergent and recognizes the washer’s location to determine water quality to adjust the amount of water, water temperature, amount of detergent, cycle and rinse for the perfect wash.
The newest specialty innovation from FirstBuild, a global co-creation community backed by GE Appliances, the Forge produces impeccable ice spheres in an accessible, compact design that was created for use by professional bartenders or even the home connoisseur—for a sophisticated bourbon or cocktail experience.
Together, Haier and GE Appliances are the world’s largest appliance company and jointly, they are transforming the way consumers interact with their homes. The two brands are trying to bring to life, real meaningful IOT products. GE appliances and Haier rally around this ideal in everything they do by creating opportunities for consumers to spend less time on household tasks and more time on the things that really matter to them. Focused on creating a “Smarter Home, Better Life,” the two brands are combining their strengths to bring to life, real and meaningful IOT products that save time and create opportunities for consumers to connect with their homes and to each other.