When: Fri., Nov. 13, 2015, 1 – 2 p.m.
Where: Harvard SEAS Campus Maxwell Dworkin Bldg. G115, Cambridge MA
Host: Harvard Institute for Applied Computational Science
Speaker: Chris Jones, director of strategic technology, iRobot Corporation
The Smart Home market is forecast to be a multi-hundred billion dollar market by 2025, with a typical family home containing more than 500 connected devices and sensors by that time. From connected lights and thermostats, to cameras and HVAC circulation vents, to door locks and chore robots. While this market is currently seeing rapid growth with compelling market forecasts, to hit these forecasts and to achieve long-term viability, the ecosystem will need to address growing complexity and usability challenges. It is not practical to assume the average consumer will be willing and able to configure the multitude of low-level interactions between hundreds of diverse connected devices to achieve desired high-level smart home functionality. This talk will outline how incorporating a physical understanding of the home (e.g., maps) built and maintained by home robots can help address these challenges.