Here at Racepoint Group, we’re constantly keeping our eyes and ears open and on the lookout for the next big thing. We work hard to identify up-and-coming trends in a variety of industries. The Internet of Things (IoT) is something we’ve been hearing a lot about for the past few years.
The term was coined to describe the phenomenon of machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, and is slated to reinvent homes with refrigerators that tell us when our food is expired and smart thermostats that adapt to our climate preferences.
One of Racepoint Group’s clients, Spansion Inc., is a leading provider of Flash memory technology, which plays an important role in the function of the smart home. In short, the advances in embedded systems and Flash memory technology have allowed advanced intelligence, connectivity and user interfaces (and the convergence of the three) to become a driving force of device innovation.
Racepoint recently helped Spansion launch the “Smart Home Facebook Photo contest” to raise awareness of Spansion’s involvement in the IoT with regard to energy management, smart home appliances, home automation and security and surveillance. (You can check out Spansion’s post on the topic here on the company’s Memory Matters blog.)
Rather than hear about “Internet of Things” and smart homes from industry experts, Spansion wants to hear what their consumers think. We’d love your help in achieving our goal. Here’s what it’s all about:
- Take a picture of a home device or appliance you’d like to see made “smart.” Or, draw your concept or idea for a smart home device or appliance. Kids’ drawings are welcome!
- Describe in a sentence or two, how your dream home would make the device or appliance smarter – so it makes your life more efficient, convenient or fun. Extra credit for a creative connected solution; showcasing added intelligence to minimize the need for connectivity; a cool new user interface or solving a yet-unsolved problem!
- Post your photo and description to the Spansion Smart Home Photo contest.
- Make sure to “Like” the Spansion Facebook page in order to be eligible to win.
The grand prize for the contest winner is a Nest Smart Thermostat and an Apple iPad, and at the end of the contest, Spansion will curate a Smart Home gallery, featuring the most fascinating/creative entries received and showcase what consumers really want in the next-generation smart home.
Stay tuned here and on the Memory Matters blog for updates. Thanks and good luck!