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Can IoT for Home Appliances Stimulate Market Demands?

2015 - 06 - 08

Apple’s smart home platform HomeKit launches the first batch of its home appliances products.

蘋果HomeKit 商機引爆

「蘋果智慧家庭平台HomeKit首批終端應用產品問世,全球控制開關龍頭Lutron的照明套件等智慧應用入列,7月還有新一波國際知名品牌產品上市,引爆HomeKit商機,瑞昱、聯發科、中保、建準等業者可望受惠。

蘋果去年發表HomeKit平台,希望透過iPhone、iPad、Apple Watch等裝置,搭配Siri語音操控,取代傳統遙控器,串連家中照明、家電、門鈴、鬧鐘、門鎖、廚房溫度計、濕溫度監控等智慧家庭應用。……

中保表示,Lutron是美國控制開關龍頭,主要產品有調光、電動窗簾兩大領域,目前是市場調光效果最好、全球第一的公司,電動窗簾則是全世界最安靜的產品,包括台北101、美國白宮等,都採用Lutron產品……」

http://udn.com/news/story/7240/952201

 

就以本篇報導裡講的Lutron的調光器和電動窗簾為例,如果你本來就沒打算花這個錢,會不會因為加入了Apple HomeKit家族、並且能用Siri來控制,而加碼掏了腰包?

我覺得,對於那些「錢,不是生活裡的首要考量」的人而言,這可能性的確不小。

至於原本就已經買了這種東西的消費者而言,HomeKit應該更會激發出他們昇級的渴望,不論這樣的昇級是得整組換掉、或僅僅加裝套件。

再進一步想,調光器與窗簾電動控制器,能有多大市場?大多數的家庭只要有燈有開關、有窗簾手動拉,就能滿足需要。但是,空調、冰箱、熱水器這種必要家電(縱然是燒瓦斯的,也多半是以電點火),倘若一旦接入HomeKit,只要能用加掛套件的模式處理,看來市場應該會更恐怖。

「近期Lutron、Insteon兩家大廠率先推出獲HomeKit認證的產品,已上架販售… Lutron是美國控制開關龍頭,主要產品有調光、電動窗簾兩大領域,目前是市場調光效果最好、全球第一的公司,電動窗簾則是全世界最安靜的產品,包括台北101、美國白宮等,都採用Lutron產品…」

「瑞昱、聯發科等台灣晶片廠也積極搶HomeKit商機。其中,瑞昱已通過蘋果認證,推出完整支援HomeKit開發套件的物聯網晶片,成為亞洲第一家推出完整支援HomeKit的晶片商…」

(看到這則新聞結尾,又是台廠打入蘋果供應鏈的消息,是否有其他更好出路值得深思。)

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