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Apple Files Patent For A Self-Configuring Smart Home



Apple Files Patent For A Self-Configuring Smart Home

Apple has received a patent that describes how a truly smart home could configure itself. Smart Home users will know that, even with HomeKit, it can sometimes be a frustrating experience. There are a lot of smart home devices available now and it can be very difficult to configure those devices to make a fully integrated smart home. This is because of factors like different types of wireless protocols, connector types, incompatible devices and more.

The patent reveals an idea for a system that could automatically detect smart home devices and configure them for the room in which they are located. By locating and authenticating for use, it will make setting up a smart home system a lot easier. For instance, if you have installed a smart light switch into your room, it will automatically identify it as a light switch in that particular room.

The patent further describes a system where a “host unit” for the technology could detect other host units around your house to auto-generate a floor plan, locate an in-animate object and even track when you are walking around your house. This is possible because of the time-of-flight (ToF) sensors that provide 3D depth of the room and a signal technology like ultra-wideband (UWB) radios to connect from the host unit to another host unit.

Apple is already rumored to include a ToF camera in the 2020 iPhone and the iPhone and 11 Pro already have UMB radios thanks to the new U1 chip. The patent further describes a scenario where the system “authenticates” the users in the house and gives them different levels of access to smart home features depending on who they are.

However, it is just a patent for now and it is not confirmed whether it will be implemented to an Apple product anytime soon. The company is also collaborating with Apple, Google, and Amazon for an open-source smart home that may incorporate this automatic configuring system.

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