Over the next couple weeks, leading up to kickstarter launch, we will post a series of blogs that are meant to be just off the cuff thoughts from the founders of Inlo. This is so people can see the thoughts behind Inlo, the problems the Founders set out to solve when creating Inlo, and a basic introduction into what Inlo is and what it’s functionalities are.
The Current issue with Automation/IoT
The current smart home is not smart. Automation is not really possible. I have heard it is because not everything is connected yet and interoperable, but over the past few years this problem has been solved.. Almost all devices can have a chip put on them and be interacted with. So what is the issue? The main issue we see at Inlo is that humans have not been connected to IoT. There is no social media like function or human attachment of IoT yet. Your smart light bulbs have more of a connection to IoT than a person. People are buying Smart homes and not even realizing they just gave their whole home a profile but lack one themselves.
So what is there right now for humans to use for interaction?
Motion detectors are almost useless for automation. Everyone has been in a room where the light just go out and you have to move around or wave your arms around like a crazy person for the lights to come on. If you have an animal then motion is pretty much not even a possibility. It doesn’t know who is making the motion.
Binary door switches are our least favorite. Did someone come in the room or go out? The best these can be used for is security. They have little to know functionality in automation other than that. Still doesn’t know who it is.
Timers are the most basic thing ever. At this time of day do this. After motion set timer to this amount of time before checking motion because again motion detectors are almost useless. These are basically just alarm or reset scenarios. We have been using these for decades. Nothing new here and still doesn’t know who it is doing the task for.
Now one of the new innovations for this is apps. You now have a remote control to everything. All smart devices come with apps that work like remote controls. However, I am pretty sure that a universal remote control isn’t what IoT and automation are about. No one is wanting to take their phone out of their pocket, open an app, click eight buttons and finally something happens. I have tried this and always end up going back to the good ole manual way. It is just too much time and effort. It only seems cool when showing off to friends who haven’t used these technologies and if someone is not home. That is if it is constantly connected to internet. Most BLE devices require a person to be in the room.
Last but not least for our discussion here will be the new trend of smart buttons. Tie single rules to one off buttons that you can put all over the place. At Inlo we see this as the most nonsensical approach. Basically they are detached wall switches that you can give specific functionality. So exciting right. The future is buttons everywhere? We do not know how this caught on except maybe everyone recognizes this inherent issues with automation and this is at least a new thing to try and see if it works a little better…. And they still do not know who is pressing them.
As you can see, here at Inlo we see the biggest issue with automation and Iot is not that devices are not connected anymore. It is that humans are not connected. We have no way of interacting. Inlo is changing this. We will give an update in the coming couple of days that will explain our tech and compare it to the closest thing out there to it, which is still far off.