smartphones become life’s remote control
Smartphones are no longer just portable computers in your pocket.
It has become the remote control of your life.
Want to turn off the lights in the living room, open the front door or read your blood pressure?
All of this can be done with mobile apps that use attachments embedded in sensors or Internet connections.
For several years, technology companies have been committed to the dream of connected homes, connected bodies, and connected cars.
These connections have proved illusory.
But in the past year
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This is partly because smartphones have become devices that people have never let go.
But it\'s also because wireless sensors are smaller, cheaper and ubiquitous.
Big companies with strong brands have been aggressively promoting new uses of these gadgets.
GM advertises its Chevrolet Malibu ecosystem, and a man shows his parents how he can start the car with a smartphone.
One of the main selling points of the popular Nest thermostat is its ability to open the stove from a few miles away with a mobile phone.
\"Now, more and more consumers have a device to monitor anything they have related to the Internet, why not provide this ability to monitor and control remotely?
Ross Rubin, an analyst at Reticle Research, said.
Bill Scheffler, business development director at Z-said the idea of turning off the lights with a smartphone might look a bit gimmicky, but consumers are getting more and more enthusiastic about apps
Wave Alliance is an Alliance of companies that produce connected devices.
This is similar to when the power window starts to open for the car, or when the TV manufacturer starts to provide the remote control. Scheffler said.
\"In the past, people used to say, \'If you can stand up and change channels, why does anyone want a TV remote? ’” he said.
\"This is only progress.
\"Companies like AT&T, Black & Decker and Honeywell have started selling apps --
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At the International Consumer Electronics Show, which attracted more than 150,000 people this week, dozens of companies are showing connected accessories that they can connect to home appliances to work with smartphones, many people are also showing wearable devices that can help people monitor their health on their mobile phones.
Some of these products are provided by large companies.
Wireless operator AT&T says it will start selling a wireless security system called \"digital life\" that allows people to monitor cameras, alarms and even coffee makers using tablets or mobile phones.
For example, if a thief moves a sensor at home, the user can receive a text message and then call the police.
Customers have the option to extend AT&T\'s wireless services to devices such as lights, door locks, thermostats, and security cameras that can be controlled and monitored through AT&T mobile apps.
In an interview with Ralph de la Vega, chief executive of AT&T Mobile, said that family safety is a great opportunity to increase income.
Only 20% of households have a security system, he said, causing millions of homeowners to become potential buyers.
\"I think this has greatly changed how people feel about their homes and how they feel outside . \"
\"I think it\'s easy to sell.
The company has yet to announce the price of the service.
Ingersoll Rand, which produces industrial products, provides people with a $300 starter kit and software for connecting families.
It includes locks, lights and wireless \"bridges\" or base stations for connecting devices to the Internet.
They can be controlled through a smartphone or tablet app called Nexia Home Intelligence.
The customer must also pay a subscription fee of at least $9 per month;
They can choose to buy appliances and bridges separately.
Products from several other companies use sensors and internet connections from smartphones to monitor the health of consumers.
IHealth sells monitors for people to track their blood pressure through the app.
At the electronics show, the company launched a wireless blood glucose meter called smart blood glucose meter, which allows people with diabetes to measure blood sugar.
The user puts the blood sample on the test strip and puts it in the attachment on the smartphone, and the app reads the blood sugar level.
Adam Lin, general manager of IHealth, declined to disclose how many products the company sold, but said it was in the \"Sixfigure” area.
Apple, Target and Best Buy have all launched IHealth products.
In addition to those who are interested in health, health insurance providers may accept surveillance products. Mr.
IHealth is discussing with two insurance companies whether to provide its products to patients, which will help reduce their doctor visits, Lin said. A small start-
AliveCor created an iPhone case that, when caught, records an accurate ECG on the iPhone screen through its app.
The company has attracted financing from Khosla Ventures, a well-known venture capital firm in Silicon Valley.
Nike, Jawbone and Fitbit sell wearable electronics, and people can track their movements through their smartphones.
The San Francisco-based Fitbit sells a pocket pedometer called Fitbit One, which tracks the number of steps and floors that the user has climbed, and monitors sleep patterns.
Its latest product was launched in spring, and Fitbit Flex is a step counter and sleep tracker worn on the wrist.
It syncs with the smartphone app to provide updates to users.
Woody Scal, Fitbit\'s chief revenue officer, said the company sold its devices in 10,000 retail stores in the United States.
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One reason wearable fitness devices are popular, he says, is that the sensors have shrunk and the battery life has improved.
This helps make the product lighter, more stylish and easier to use. Mr.
Wireless fitness devices are becoming more and more popular because they meet the basic needs of consumers, which is different from the other trend seen at the show, which is the huge TV, Scal said.
\"In the end, I don\'t wake up in the morning, look at myself in the mirror and ask if my TV has enough Pixels,\" he said . \".
\"But I do want to know how I will get enough exercise, eat better, sleep well or control my weight even though everything else happens in my life.