iWatch, iGlasses, iJewelry, iHealth. There’s gold in them thar hills. There’s also another vein of technology gold and it runs right through your home. That’s right. Our favorite Mac maker wants to own a piece of your home with home automation and security, Apple style.
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No one denies the potential of wearable technology which ranges from watches and glasses to biometric sensors which connect to your iPhone.
A market segment often overlooked is home technology, which, if you ask me, is much like the field of portable media players before the iPhone.
Home automation and security is a fragmented industry with many players. It’s a rich technology field full of opportunities but where nobody dominates.
Not Samsung. Not Google. Not Amazon. Not Microsoft.
That’s a field that’s ripe for new blood, ripe for consolidation, and another way Apple can extends the Mac, iPhone, iPad, iCloud ecosystem throughout your home.
The product range is broad and deep and gives Apple a couple of distinct options.
The first is for other manufacturers to certify their products– monitors, cameras, security systems, and other products already in the field– with Apple’s current line of products.
The second option is for Apple to design and build their own products for the home. These, too, could be home automation controls, security systems, and cameras whereby they set the standard for home products.
Apple could easily integrate wearable technology into the home with biometric sensors, location sensors (Star Trek’s computer always seemed to know where every crew member was located) and much more.