Sensors of all kinds are already integrated into our daily lives at home. Measuring fundamentals such as temperature and humidity for example, has attracted great interest in the recent past (e.g. Google’s “Nest”). Also, sensors for alarm systems are an inherent part for many homes.
Due to the new trend of advanced interaction with technology, 3D sensors can be increasingly found in people’s homes. The best example is probably the Microsoft Kinect, which was originally developed for gaming. Other affordable 3D sensors for end consumers include the Leap Motion, which tracks hand and finger movements and the Structure Sensor from Occipital, which can scan objects in 3D with an extension for the iPad.
Apart from these sensors – which 3D sensors will be integrated into the smart home of the future? And what will they be able to do for you?
We picture the ideal situation as follows:
Your home will be equipped with several discreetly installed 3D. These sensors will be able to a) detect motion, b) recognize people and their position (and e.g. distinguish them from animals) and c) be able to realize gesture control.
Those functions will ensure:
Further, 3D sensors can also be built into robots to facilitate your everyday life:
Which other desirable features can you imagine to implement using 3D sensors in your smart home of the future?