The two-and-a-half year corona virus epidemic has left its mark on the development of smart home and smart living applications. People retreating into the private sphere have created improvements in furniture, outdoor activities such as gardening have moved indoors – that’s why many manufacturers are presenting their solutions in the IFA NEXT area at IFA 2022.
Connectivity – the linking of systems and applications – continues to play a major role in efficiency and sustainability. At the same time, robotics and AI are becoming part of the digital home – as seen at IFA NEXT 2022, which promises to reshape everyday technology.
From September 2 to 6 in hall 20 at the Berlin exhibition grounds, startups, research institutes, associations and industrial enterprises will present the best technologies of the future. Many of them focus on smart living.
Feelbelt Series One from Potsdam brings the sound of games, music and movies closer and more immersive. Feelbelt GmbH has developed a patented touch feedback technology that allows users to physically feel sound. Feelbelt is compatible with any console, system, smartphone and PC. Ten vibrating instruments create a physical sound experience covering the entire frequency range from 10 to 20,000 Hz.
Berlin-based startup ai|coustics improves the sound quality of online seminars, newscasts, podcasts and school lectures. This startup develops innovative audio algorithms based on AI and deep learning models that improve the quality and clarity of audio transmission. The technology can be used to enhance live mobile or desktop broadcasts as well as audio and video recordings. Both Feelbelt and ai|coustics will be present in Hall 20 at the Innovation Market Berlin-Brandenburg.
Votouch from Korea is introducing its virtual touch technology, which is the world’s first touch-free touch technology. With the help of AI and 3D camera, users can activate the control panel by simply pointing instead of touching it.
Smart home applications are looking to promote social connectivity. FamilyLink, a brand from French company Aswescher, is offering a picture frame that family members of all generations can use to share photos and text messages, even without an internet connection.
Better@Home Service GmbH from Berlin uses sensor technology to enable elderly people to live safely. Behm integrates modular hardware and software solutions at the required level of care: from lighting systems to bedside motion sensors to water level gauges and radio communications that sound the alarm if they detect significant deviations from daily activity.
A huge number of everyday applications will be on display at IFA NEXT 2022. Faitron AG is offering Baby Boo and Heatbox from Switzerland. Bebibu is the world’s first intelligent heated baby bottle and HeatBox is a lunchbox that can heat food anytime. Both can be timed and controlled via an app. Several companies are offering indoor gardening features and promoting self-sufficiency. Prêt à Pouser from France uses the patented Flo2at system, a floating culture that improves oxygen supply to plant roots, while an app controls the amount of light needed. Hexagro from Italy is showing the Living Farm Tree – a vertical farming system for the living room – and Berlin’s Green Box, which is “a really cool smart indoor garden”.
Kitewinder from France is another forward looking product. This small wind generator weighs less than five kilos, fits into any bag and flies like a kite when assembled, thus harnessing the power of the wind.
Smart Living topics presented in the program of events at IFA Next 2022
What are the latest digital home trends? How can our homes be not only smarter, more efficient and sustainable, but also healthier and more social? On September 3 and 4, these are the questions answered by many experts working on intelligent solutions in science and industry.
[Saturday, 3 September]
Three mega trends driving smart living
Eric Akner, President, Merku (speech in English)
WeHub, an interactive tabletop projector makes smart homes social
Sabrina Grosskopf, Project Manager, PracticeApp, UX Designer and Design Researcher, Siegen University
Startup Days: What’s Next? – Future life
Which innovations from startups are impacting our daily lives, homes, health and transportation options? On the subject of Smart Living, company founders recount their startup stories, including crises, opportunities, failures, successes, and lessons learned. Lars Rössler and BSH Startup Kitchen show how startups and corporations can work together successfully. Newcomers present their innovations in their respective fields at various startup pitches.
[Sunday, 4 September 2022]
WINIA Electrospray Air Sterilizer
Yeheon Lee, Assistant Manager, WINIA Co., Ltd. (English)
The amazing possibilities of integrated electrostatic technology
Thomas Nguyen, Mechanical Design Engineer, Creative Technologies Corporation (English)
Introducing the home of the future: Smart. Effective, durable
Sitao Ma, Vice President, Connected Systems and CTO, Home & Distribution, Schneider Electric (English)
Changing the way we eat
Amit Jaura, Co-Founder & CEO, Steambox: Self-Heating Lunch Box (English)
Behome – Smart Senior Living: Digital solutions and all-inclusive services for a better life at home! Prof. Dr. Arno Elmer, Founder and Managing Director, Better@Home Service GmbH (English)
Research on IoT and smart home market
Dong Uuk Lee, Chief Technology Officer, I-FACTORY Co. Ltd (English)
Consumer Technology Trends 2022 – How Safe Is Our World?
Christian Gross, Regional Director EMEA, IEEE Consumer Technology Association (English)
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