Smart is the new Turbo

Posted: April 2015

Alistair Chappelle, Head of Consumer, provides his insights on smart products.

Everyone loves marketing buzzwords.  Don’t they?  Well, maybe not...

It would seem that everything is suddenly becoming “smart” from our fabrics to our laundry detergent to our homes.  With this hyperbole in the market some genuinely smart products are being hidden from view behind those that just aren’t.  We might as well label them all as “turbo” products and pretend we are in the late 80’s.

So just what is smart?

According to the dictionary:

Smart (smɑ:t) adj. ... (of systems) operating as if by human intelligence by using automatic computer control ... [1]

And this is exactly the point.  A truly smart product is the combination of sense-analyse-inform or better yet sense-analyse-react to allow it to perform a function for us.  To optimise either itself (and the experience of using the product) or the local environment, delivering improved performance, convenience and comfort.  It is these types of smart products that can deliver the true Internet of Things dream  - a world where many ordinary activities and tasks are managed for us.   Hotpoint’s washing machines[2] adjust their program based on load weight and type to deliver cleaner washing, faster and using less energy.  Smart Home darling Nest’s Thermostat[3] learns your schedule, preferences and how your home heats and cools to increase your comfort at home and save energy.

Sentec are expert at helping our clients deliver truly smart products.  With our physics first approach, we enable products – transforming the physics into engineering.  Whether it is novel, more accurate sensors in smart metering products, piezo performance fuel injectors for the price of a solenoid for the automotive industry or truly “smart” products across the consumer and smart home sectors, we have a wealth of expertise in delivering solutions where there was no off-the-shelf way to do so.  Contact us to find our more and explore what smart products could mean for you and your organisation.

 

[1] Collins Concise Dictionary

[2] http://www.hotpoint.co.uk/smart-appliances

[3] https://nest.com/thermostat/life-with-nest-thermostat/

Alistair Chappelle, Head of Consumer, provides his insights on smart products.

Everyone loves marketing buzzwords.  Don’t they?  Well, maybe not...

It would seem that everything is suddenly becoming “smart” from our fabrics to our laundry detergent to our homes.  With this hyperbole in the market some genuinely smart products are being hidden from view behind those that just aren’t.  We might as well label them all as “turbo” products and pretend we are in the late 80’s.

So just what is smart?

According to the dictionary:

Smart (smɑ:t) adj. ... (of systems) operating as if by human intelligence by using automatic computer control ... [1]

And this is exactly the point.  A truly smart product is the combination of sense-analyse-inform or better yet sense-analyse-react to allow it to perform a function for us.  To optimise either itself (and the experience of using the product) or the local environment, delivering improved performance, convenience and comfort.  It is these types of smart products that can deliver the true Internet of Things dream  - a world where many ordinary activities and tasks are managed for us.   Hotpoint’s washing machines[2] adjust their program based on load weight and type to deliver cleaner washing, faster and using less energy.  Smart Home darling Nest’s Thermostat[3] learns your schedule, preferences and how your home heats and cools to increase your comfort at home and save energy.

Sentec are expert at helping our clients deliver truly smart products.  With our physics first approach, we enable products – transforming the physics into engineering.  Whether it is novel, more accurate sensors in smart metering products, piezo performance fuel injectors for the price of a solenoid for the automotive industry or truly “smart” products across the consumer and smart home sectors, we have a wealth of expertise in delivering solutions where there was no off-the-shelf way to do so.  Contact us to find our more and explore what smart products could mean for you and your organisation.

 

[1] Collins Concise Dictionary

[2] http://www.hotpoint.co.uk/smart-appliances

[3] https://nest.com/thermostat/life-with-nest-thermostat/