“In an interesting and somewhat exhaustive patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday, the company outlines technology that can adaptively track a user’s location and use the data to intelligently control secondary devices at another locale, such as home appliances,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.
“Many believe home automation is the next tech frontier; a marriage of hardware and software that can make an incredible impact on our daily lives,” Campbell reports. “Already, companies like Nest and Philips are automating tasks with their respective Nest Learning Thermostat and Hue light bulb products.”
“As published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 8,577,392 for a ‘System and method of determining location of wireless communication devices/persons for controlling/adjusting operation of devices based on the location’ describes a system that uses data gathered by static and mobile devices, along with wireless communications tech, to determine a user’s current and guessed future location,” Campbell reports. “Based on these observations, certain preset functions in the home can be activated or deactivated remotely and automatically.”
Read more, and see Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.