Smart-home technology refers to devices such as programmable light bulbs that turn on and off according to a pre-set schedule, smart thermostats that cool or heat the house only when you’re heading home, and smart speakers that set the mood by playing your favorite tunes.
“To sell a property today without smart-home functionality inside is pretty much impossible,” says Oren Kotlicki, founder and CEO of Intellithings, an Israeli startup that has developed a new kind of smart-home super controller.
What they have all been missing so far: Personalization.
Intellithings’ just-released RoomMe – occupancy sensor system – which determines who’s entered a room so it can adjust any smart devices for that person’s preferences automatically; there’s no need to open a “remote control” app on your mobile device to turn on the lights or bark a voice command such as “play the Beatles” to your Amazon Echo.
As per the market survey in 2015 asking people with smart-home devices what features they didn’t have” – the No.1 request was for devices that do things on their own. Therefore, RoomMe was designed because modern smart homes are not very clever. We still have to point or talk to control IoT (Internet of Things) devices.
RoomMe, which appears similar to a smoke detector, creates a virtual Bluetooth “curtain” at the entrance to a room. When you enter with your smartphone (yes, you have to carry your phone around the house with you), RoomMe identifies you, accesses your settings and automatically adjusts the lights, thermostat and other smart devices in the space.
You can program RoomMe to do different things depending on the time of the day. For example, “When I enter the room on Sunday between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm, set the light to cool white and play 106.5 FM.” Once you have set it up, the system operates entirely hands- and voice-free.
If a second person enters the room and you subsequently leave, RoomMe switches seamlessly to the settings of the new occupant.
You can set “priority levels” to determine who keeps control when there are multiple people in the same space. (RoomMe can pair with up to 16 individual users.) Parents are given priority over children by default in public spaces, although a child can be designated the “master” of his or her own room.
While you will need a separate RoomMe sensor for every Room you want to make smart, the set-up is simple, especially compared with traditional Bluetooth beacon solutions, where every space needs at least three devices so the phone can triangulate the signal strength.
RoomMe won a CES 2019 Innovation Award in the Smart Home category. Hence, interested, Indian Real Estate Developers, Construction Companies can incorporate RoomMe during the finishing stage of the construction to enable people to enjoy Personalized Homes.
Interested may contact Ms. Veshala Gajaraj of the Economic Dept. of the Consulate General of the State of Israel to South India in Bangalore. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org