Walk into the living room; the lights brighten up. The smart TV turns on and a stack of your favorite shows slide up just as the window shades slide down. Meanwhile in your kitchen the oven powers down, your refrigerators places an order for your groceries on Instacart, your phone orders you a pizza, and outside the sprinklers turned on. And all that’s without a single press of a button.
I was skeptic at first too. A smart phone is nothing compared to a smart home. Each component of a smart home would be by different manufacturers, running different software on a whole different range of hardware. Not to mention the fact that each user case would be completely different too! Making all these devices function together as one entity; understanding and communicating with each other would simply be impossible. Forget functional.
At least this was the case until Google unveiled it’s plans for smarter homes at their latest I/O conference.
The plan consists of three components (as clearly explained at the conference — which by the way I recommend you watch online; regardless of your tech-geekiness).
First it’s the underlying operating system for the hardware which is derived from Android M called Brillo — which is an operating system for the internet of things.
Second comes a communications layer so that every single device in you house can communicate with each other and the cloud in a meaningful manner, and they called this Weave.
Third, the final layer, is the user experience; which is seamlessly integrated with your android blood smart phones, tablets, watches and chromebooks.
This is the perfect recipe for our future smart homes. Open source, the best in the line of software, and backed by the mighty power of Google.
Brillo can run on everything from your door locks, to your washer and your oven. Weave is the common language through which all these different devices can talk to each other. A hundred different startups trying to manufacture smart devices one step at a time was never the answer; the end result would have been your phone running a dozen different apps in the background for each different manufacturer — it’s easy to imagine how horrible that user experience would be.
This way; the startups and big appliance manufactures can focus on quality appliances as they integrate the software layers by Google into their products. The end user can enjoy a beautifully smart and seamless experience right off the shelf — so long as you use Google’s Android for the works.
Hopefully we’ll see these products coming into market in the next few years, most likely starting with Nest which Google acquired for $3.2 billion just last year. Also; did you know Google builds a version of Android for cars?