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Connected house, fiction or reality?

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The "Friends of Hue" LED bulb connects to the Hue app (available on iOS and Android) and allows you to compose moods that combine light, color and music. With dimmer. Without bridge: 79.95 euros. With bridge: 179.95, Philips.

Philips

Shutters, alarm, heating, TV, refrigerator ... everything can connect and control with your fingertips. Home automation is developing to make the house more practical, more economical, even more ecological. As long as you tame the tactile tactics.

In January 2014, at the Consumer Electronics Show, the high-tech temple in Las Vegas, we only talked about her. "She" is the connected home. "2014 is its year," says Jean-Pierre Viannay, marketing manager of Legrand's Systems Division. We have reached a stage where "connectivity and home automation are coming together," says Yan Martial, Whirlpool's director of communications. And the numbers confirm it: "In 2003, there were 500 million connected devices in the world.In 2020, they will be 50 billion," he adds.

A house that acts and reacts

Behind the term "connected home", not ultra tech for geek, but just a "smart home" that responds with devices such as "My Plug 2", developed by Orange. This electrical outlet can receive SMS alerts in case of power failure, water leakage, but also to control his electrical devices and monitor their consumption. For many years, being able to remotely operate an alarm or shutters was reserved for privileged people. The trivialization of the smartphone and the lower costs of wireless connection chips have passed by. Industrialists such as Philips with its bulbs "Hue" now facilitate the control of the house from a mobile. Same scenario in TV manufacturers. The latest generation of screens connect everywhere, all the time.

Wall socket "My Plug 2". Allows you to receive SMS alerts in case of power failure or water leakage, serves as a smoke detector and turns on electrical appliances remotely while monitoring their consumption. Pilots by SMS or an application (tablet and mobile). 95 euros, without subscription with 3 years of SMS included. Refill for 3 years: 36 euros, Orange.

Orange

Washing machine and dryer on the same wavelength

"Consumers are ripe for the transition to better assistance in the car and at home," said Yan Martial. So in early 2015, Whirlpool will launch the technology "6th Sens Live". Its purpose: to allow consumers to interact remotely with their appliances, via an application with tools for customizing functions. Example: a washing machine may only display custom cycles depending on the color or type of laundry to be cleaned. This technology will connect users to devices, but also devices between them to maximize energy savings. "These machines will not be robots, but user's assistants," nuance Yan Martial. In short, the human keeps the hand.

The evolutionary digital

"Opting for a smart home is not about being a slave to technology," adds Jean-Pierre Viannay. At Legrand, home automation is summarized as "a new way of installing electricity at home." "That is to say an electrical and digital installation, so scalable according to its needs, to live in a house more comfortable and more environmentally conscious," continues Jean-Pierre Viannay. Whether with "My Home" or "My Home Play", Legrand can control your home from a switch, a smartphone or a tablet. These home automation systems are "open": a translator can create compatibility between devices of different brands.

Parrot Flower Power wireless sensor with Bluetooth Smart technology. Connect to the smartphone and help maintain the plants via an application available on the AppStore. It monitors and analyzes soil moisture levels, fertilizer rates, ambient temperature and brightness. Exist in green fir, earth and sky blue. 49 euros, Parrot.

Parrot

The benefits of competition

Other actors take over the sector. SFR includes "Home by SFR" in its packages: the offer includes a smoke detector, an alarm, an intrusion detector, a camera, all connected to the box and controllable via a smartphone or tablet. For its part, Samsung offers the application "Smart Home" to control the connected objects of the house. As for Schneider Electric, its box "Wiser" manages electric heating, thermostats, sockets and hot water tank, all via smartphone, tablet or PC. The promise ? Help reduce energy consumption by 10 to 30%. An economy that justifies the extra cost of the connected home: at Legrand, it is estimated at 20%.

Google and Apple in the starting blocks

Since February 2014, Google is working on a smartphone application project that will raise the temperature of the house a few minutes before we come back from the office. The fireplace thermostat can be remotely controlled using the voice control system of Android smartphones. For its part, Apple is planning on planning a certification system "Made for iPhone". This label would assure the consumer that this or that connected device is compatible with the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth standards of the iPhone. An Apple logo would be affixed on the support of the object.

"Screeneo" projector with ultra short focal length. Turn each wall into a giant screen. The integrated audio system (26 watts) can be used as a sound base for playlists by direct connection with Deezer via USB stick or SD card. Available in black and white. 1400 and 1600 euros with TNT access, Philips / Sagemcom.

Philips / Sagemcom

10 "video touch screen, with integrated web browser, to control the" My Home "functions from a single point of the house: dimming lights, shutter operation, temperature and energy management, activation / deactivation of the alarm, management of the sound diffusion and the multimedia contents 1150 euros, BTicino / Legrand.

BTicino / Legrand

Led bulb "AwoX StriimLIGHT Wi-Fi", with Wi-Fi speaker (10 watts) for listening to music from a smartphone or tablet. Possibility to combine several StriimLIGHT to create a stereo system. Available on the App Store or the Google Play Store. 149 euros, AwoX.

AWOX

The "Friends of Hue" LED bulb connects to the Hue app (available on iOS and Android) and allows you to compose moods that combine light, color and music. With dimmer. Without bridge: 79.95 euros. With bridge: 179.95, Philips.

Philips

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