The Connected Home and the SXSW PanelPicker

Written by Todd Hansen | Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013

New-fangled smoke alarms are the latest connected home technology

News of the new Nest smoke detector broke today and it gets me excited. Yes, I am one who ran out to the thermostat right away. I also played around with the Belkin WeMo system for a time and continue to follow all things in the “connected home” space. Our homes are finally going to become aware and not just for a wealthy few but everyone. That gets me more excited.

There are some interesting sessions around the living, breathing home in this year’s SXSW PanelPicker. For instance, The Intelligent Closet wonders what would happen if your closet picked your clothes because it knew your mood, the weather or your schedule. The Connected Home = The New Apps Marketplace takes a more practical approach and looks the evolving app ecosystem for the connected home market. Lastly, Home Automation: Opportunity for Consumers and Advertisers begins to look advertising opportunities with in the hardware and apps of an intelligent home.

Clearly there is a lot to think about as the opportunities in the mass market are big. As this shakes out it will be interesting how hardware and software unite. And who unlocks the code first.

Watch this website on Monday, October 14 when we announce which of these intriguing panel proposals will be part of the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival lineup.

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