Augmented Reality Home Automation

Augmented Reality Home Automation

Augmented reality (AR) has been picking up steam as of late. What is augmented reality? Download Pokémon Go and it will become crystal clear. This app has 20 million users in the U.S. alone, littering the streets with players on the search for all manner of wild Pokémon and Pokéstops, guiding you to that Pikachu or Magikarp hiding around the next corner. In a nutshell, augmented (supplemented) reality games and applications take computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data and augment a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment. In the case of Pokémon, GPS is used to lead users on a Pokémon-finding adventure. But this tech goes beyond games. Many analysts and market watchers see AR as a more realistic option to virtual reality since it can be activated using just a smart phone, rather than a cumbersome headset that pins you down to your environment. After all, would you walk around your neighborhood looking for Pokémon with a huge pair of virtual reality glasses on? Applications in the home automation market also open up. For example, you can use your smart phone’s camera to view your environment, and react to it, in real time. One innovative home automation company allows you to use your phone’s camera to scan a room and enact certain functions. Say you’re in the living room and want to turn on a light. Use the app to scan the room using your smart phone’s camera. When the lamp you want to activate appears on the screen, you can turn it on or off. The same home...