What you need to know
- Apple has published a second patent pointing to improved smart home capabilities.
- The system could automatically generate a floor plan of your home or businesses based on location, orientation and distance using technology including ultra-wide band.
- It could, for instance, determine which room a light switch is placed in without you having to tell it.
Apple has published a second patent pointing to vastly improved smart home capabilities, based on modular technology that can determine where it is located in relation to other devices.
The patent is titled 'OBJECT TRACKING AND AUTHENTICATION USING MODULAR WALL UNIT'. It's very similar to a patent published back in September, which revealed how HomeKit could use wall outlets that can communicate between themselves, using orientation data to determine where they are placed in relation to other outlets.
This new patent is quite similar, the description states:
The overview of the patent shows how smart home devices could be used to auto-generate a plan of your home:
It could also enable you to make changes to your smart home on the fly without having to tinker with any settings:
The system would use communication technology such as ultra wide-band, as present in the iPhone 11. Not only could the system communicate with itself, but with users who interact with it. As the previous patent revealed, it could, for instance, detect the movement of your iPhone as you carry it, turning lights on and off as you move through the house, or switching on the kettle when you walk into the kitchen in the morning.
You can check out the full patent here!
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