At the IDC Energy and Utilities Forum in Milan a couple of weeks ago I offered a presentation on the connected home.

During my presentation I spoke about key enablers of the connected home and devices that make it easy to form a home area network (HAN) for energy efficiency and other home automation functions. The future home may be have a full array of sensors that discover each other (securely) and then form a network in conjunction with software in the home and cloud services, thus creating the home operating system.

While the full manifestation of this vision is years off, Web services on devices may be a key component of this transformation.

Feng Zhao of Microsoft Research has been working in this area and his video is worth watching. The video is from the annual TechFest event that we hold on the Microsoft campus in Redmond. Microsoft Research’s TechFest is an annual event that brings researchers from Microsoft’s labs around the world to Redmond to share their latest work with the product teams. Enjoy! – Jon Arnold

 

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