Intel Thinks Big with Tiny Home

Intel Thinks Big with Tiny Home

The Intel Tiny Home is meant to serve as a “living lab” for builders to learn about the interoperability of the explosion of home technology now on the market.

Its inception began with a survey, which tapped into Americans’ thoughts on what the industry would look like ten years from now. And according to the majority of those surveyed, the future of the smart home is looking fantastic.

That survey, “Architecting the Future of the Smart Home,” shows 7 in 10 Americans, or 68 percent, believe that smart homes will be just as commonplace as smartphones by 2025. And about the same number expect at least one smart home device to be in every American home in the next decade.

“When we looked at those statistics, we were shocked,” says Danielle Mann, marketing manager for Intel.

These shocking statistics have led to the creation of something new and exciting for the smart home industry, the crafting of a techie haven where builders can learn about the future of connected devices.

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With its tiny home, Intel was determined to combine Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity with the latest technologies in order to future-proof and analyze what works and doesn’t work for the smart home of the future.

With their open platform, the Intel Tiny Home integrates Philips Hue, Cree, and Osram smart lights.
With its open platform, the Intel Tiny Home integrates Philips Hue, Cree, and Osram smart lights.

Of course, Intel’s plan had to begin with a home, so the company reached out to a growing micro home company, Minim Homes. Intel deemed the company’s tiny homes to be the perfect design and size to integrate the home technologies they wanted to showcase.

“We delivered the home to them and then they proceeded to put all of their technologies inside,” says Brian Levy, founder of Minim Homes.

Levy, who had not previously dabbled in the intricate home technologies Intel was offering, certainly sees a promising future for these types of devices, especially if they integrate together.

“Personally, I think there’s a market that will demand those technologies and use them,” says Levy. “The challenge is finding a common, basic platform, so that all these different products can integrate into a shared platform. That’s the frustration.”

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About The Author

Greg Vellante is a staff writer and multimedia specialist at TecHome Builder, as well as a content coordinator for AE Ventures events. He has over a decade of experience writing for various publications on topics that range from cinema to editorials to home technology. His favorite technologies fall into the A/V and home entertainment realm, and he’s keeping a close eye on the rising trends in robotics and virtual/augmented reality. Greg resides in Boston, holds a degree in Media Studies from Emerson College and pursues screenwriting/filmmaking in his free time.

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