Décryptage par EY

The identified most valuable drivers of smart connected devices:

  • Time saving
  • User experience
  • Smartphone as a controler  (transition to voice control = technology democratization, needs anticipations)

What are the entry barriers?

  • Awareness (engagement and education)
  • Equipment pricing (3 categories are growing: ip camera, secure room monitoring, kitchen and AI + voice recognition)
  • Installation market
  • Local network
  • And devices connectivity: connected devices vs. legacy

Trend #1 – Ecosystem of services, link to on demand services / CX – focus on use cases that solve problems

Trend #2 – AI to anticipate needs – advisory / prevention- data analytics

Trend #3 – Personal Assistant – voice control / natural langage (microphone per tom) (cf. Personal Assistant Alexa by Amazon) context – sound recognition

Trend #4 – Pay-as-you-go pricing per service (on demand economy) / saving money models

Trend #5 – Structuration of the professional side of the value chain (installation, monitoring, maintenance, cross licences & multi services customer care – customer relationship)

In the future – what are the next big things?

1/ Link to connected cars and smart cities

2/ Open market protocols be walled garden models

3/ Virtual personal assistant & AI

4/ Cyber – IoT security (IoT vs. hackers) + data privacy (encryption)

5/ Ageing place – in general monitoring people and things

6/ Robots – automated operations reactive to proactive

7/ Energy management


  • Moen’s new shower system lets you pre-heat the water from your smartphone

    Nothing’s better than a warm shower to start your morning or end the day (your life, you do you) but many times we find ourselves sitting cold in the bathroom while waiting for the water to heat up. Moen’s new smart shower system wants to fix this by adding the ability to remotely start the shower from a smartphone so you can pre-heat the water temperature.

  • Withings and L’Oreal have made a smart hair brush, in the latest edition of ‘You’re doing it wrong’

    The Internet of Things has brought wireless connectivity to billions of devices that previously suffered from being dumb (or, not connected). It has also created an excuse for companies to make everything and anything « smart. »

    The hair brush is one example of this. Nokia-owned Withings, L’Oreal’s innovation lab and Kerastase, a high-end L’Oreal hair product brand, have just unveiled a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth-equipped hair brush that’s supposed to show you data on your hair-brushing habits and, in theory help you take better care of your hair.

  • FridgeCam spies on your fridge and tells you what to cook

    Your fridge is old and boring. Maybe it came with your apartment, or maybe you inherited it from a Craigslist rando, but one thing is certain: you’re a tech person. You deserve a smart fridge. The FridgeCam, which is a literal camera designed to sit in your fridge, will make your old fridge smart.

  • Baidu’s ‘Little Fish’ home robot could be China’s Echo

    While Amazon and Google are battling for voice assistant dominance in the home, they’ve mostly neglected other countries. Now Baidu, in partnership with AiNemo, is building the Xiaoyu Zaijia (« Little Fish ») family robot, which, on paper, has most of Alexa’s talents along with a big screen, a camera, and a touch of robotics. If you couldn’t guess, it’s for China.

  • Simplehuman’s new trash cans have voice commands and Wi-Fi

    Simplehuman is a company known for high-end home goods, including its deluxe trash cans (yes, those are a thing). And at CES 2017, the company showed off its most technological garbage bin yet: a voice-activated trash can that can open and close through verbal commands.

  • Thermomix is the $1,299 ‘digital kitchen’ for that tiny house you’ll never own

    The fully assembled Thermomix is a tower of pots and cooking peripherals. Its base is large, white, and rounded — not something from an industrial kitchen, but a soft-focus utopian future. In the middle, there’s space for a tall metal pot with a blade, which works either for blending or gentle stirring. Inside, you can fit a relatively small steaming colander, and above, there’s a large pot for additional steaming, with a roasting tray and lid at the very top. There are also a few extra touches, like a 100-ml measuring cup and a silicone spatula that turns into a handle for the small steamer.

    There are a lot of moving parts here, but a digital recipe book (essentially a detachable dongle) can guide you through cooking a couple hundred dishes, using a small screen on the bottom. A new, Wi-Fi-enabled attachment connects to Vorwerk’s Cookidoo platform, which contains around 20,000 recipes; users can either pay a few dollars a month for access, or buy “books” of 10 to 30 recipes for around $4.

  • The Leka smart toy is a robot for children with developmental disabilities

    One of the biggest and most biting criticism of modern tech is the industry’s excessive push to solve trivial problems. Nowhere is this theme more apparent than among the sea of forgettable gadgets at CES, itself a trade show that revels in the opulence of Las Vegas and the often hollow promise of our techno-enabled future. Occasionally, there is a device that breaks the mold. Leka, a smart toy from a French startup of the same name, is a tiny spherical robot not unlike Star Wars’ BB-8. Instead of dazzling us with cheap tricks, Leka has a purpose: to help children with autism and other developmental disabilities better learn and communicate with others.

  • Sleep number 360 smart bed auto adjusts comfort and stops snoring

    Unveiled at the CES 2017 trade show in Las Vegas, the Sleep Number ‘360 Smart Bed’ intuitively senses and automatically adjusts comfort to keep both users sleeping soundly all night long. Enhancing sleepIQ technology – the latest advancement in biometric sleep tracking – the bed transforms the way we sleep, providing improved wellbeing as a result of better quality rest. The technology is embedded in both the mattresses and the adjustable bases enabling a completely smart product that delivers an optimized experience along with exceptional comfort.

  • Vivint’s Sky is an effort to turn the remote-control home into an actual smart home

    Vivint, a smart home service provider, is today announcing Sky, an artificial intelligence package for its smart home system. The company says Sky uses machine learning algorithms and the data collected by the various smart home devices installed, such as thermostats and cameras, to adapt to the home owner’s routine and save energy when no one is home. It will be provided to all of Vivint’s subscribers included with their regular subscription service.