Mitsubishi Electric introduces its next-generation concept for home life, which combines sensors and linked appliances and other household equipment to support the daily lives of families. The existing concept of smart houses involves the use of advanced appliances and other equipment via information technology, and visualizes as well as optimally controls household energy consumption. Mitsubishi Electric is taking the concept further by focusing on family members’ mental and physical conditions as well as comfortable lifestyles.
The Mitsubishi Electric Smart Home concept includes cameras that identify and authenticates each family member as they approach the front door.
Door-handle sensors collect biological information, such as body temperature and heart-rate to assess the person’s physical condition. And
health and daily schedules of each family member is displayed in the entry hall.
In the kitchen, the refrigerator door displays recommended recipes based on body data collected with sensing devices and food items available in the refrigerator. Countertop displays preparation instructions and other information, such as cooking tips and remaining cooking times. In addition, an induction stove allows cooking vessels to be placed anywhere on the cooking surface, enabling two or more people to cook at the same time.
An outlet-free, non-contact power supply system feeds power to appliances anywhere in the house.
Although specific commercial applications for Mitsubishi Electric Smart Home have not been determined yet, Mitsubishi Electric is conducting research and development to apply the concept in its smart-house and home-appliance businesses.