The Internet of Things is quickly expanding, so much so that in a few years most of our appliances will be online, and Samsung is paving the way with an app to control them all: LiCon.
LiCon uses a smart algorithm to detect if a device is connected to the Internet of Things by having the user point the smartphone’s camera at the device. Within seconds, the software searches through its huge database and if the device is found a menu will appear and the user will be able to control the device.
In practice, let’s say your air conditioning unit is connected to the internet. All you need to do is point the camera at the unit and LiCon will automatically find the make and model, and you will be able to set your preferred temperature within seconds.
The focus on the the end-user is a refreshing change since last year, when barely 9% of developers working on Internet of Things related projects were spending their time developing apps with user interfaces for these devices, according to Forbes.
Other implementations of this concept exist, and among them Oort is the one who made the rounds across the internet when it was first launched. Oort also allows you to access and control devices connected to the internet, thanks to their wide array of sensors that connects to their app. Samsung’s LiCon is an improvement, as you don’t have to install proprietary hardware to access and control the devices – what’s more, integration is made easy with the automatic recognition of the IoT devices.
It’ll be interesting to see how this technology will pair up with Samsung’s ever-growing VR ecosystem down the line, and if the objects around us will be highlighted and controlled in a scene that reminds us of Minority Report.
Until then, we’re looking forward to seeing the LiCon in action, when it will be unveiled this week at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco.
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