Living in the Internet: The Connected Home at The Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition)
You may think you have the Internet in your home: broadband, Wi-Fi, streaming music and movies. But in Hong Kong, they’re betting on the vision of a truly connected home, one in which appliances, security, and even the climate control are talking to you—and and each other—wirelessly and intelligently.
The Connected Home is the unofficial theme of this Spring’s Hong Kong Electronics Fair, taking place this week, simply judging by all the products you see as you wander the floors. For seemingly every home or apartment, there are devices that will let you monitor and control your entertainment, security, and general environment from your smartphone, whether you’re in bed or across the world.
In a seminar titled, “Trend of Smart Home and Semiconductor,” Andy Lau, executive director of SAS Dragon Holdings Limited, spoke of the coming prominence of the Internet of Things, by which “things” means “objects and appliances.” Right now, we have the Internet on our phones, computers, and wearables like the Fitbit and the Apple Watch. But soon, things in our house will be fitted with the ability to communicate with us, and, more importantly, each other. This will have benefits for not only the consumer, but the manufacturer, according to Lau.