Last year, Apple announced iOS for your car, and with internet connected homes just around the corner, it’s likely that the rumors are true that Apple will be announcing a smart home platform to try and carve out a niche in a market that, barring a massive worldwide extinction event, is a near future inevitability. There are already smart thermostats, smart smoke detectors, smart appliance and smart door locks— all that stuff needs now is some sort of unifying platform, so you can control and sync these devices, and that’s the market Apple, Google and Microsoft are all aiming for. If you thought the smartphone market was big, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
While we never get flying cars any time soon, the idea of a computer that monitors your entire house, can respond to voice commands, search the internet for you and read emails is just around the corner. There are already such smart house computers on the market, but they’re really expensive and take a lot of setup. Ubi, a startup from Canada uses just a single, Android powered small box to do pretty much the same job.