We are looking for solutions in the domain of smart wear and smart home, i.e. wearable electronic devices that interact with humans and smart home systems. The main area of interest is in wearable electronic solutions that are designed to provide physical or cyber security, but which are not limited only to security. We will give preference to solutions that use existing technology (for example, Intel Curie, Arduino or any other off-the-shelf solutions); however, solutions that propose the use of emerging technologies will also be considered.
The market for smart home systems is developing rapidly, but it is still highly fragmented. There are multiple vendors, multiple standards and multiple implementations. All of them have their own software and hardware flaws that add to the confusion and distrust among end users. However, there is one area that remains out of the scope of many of these developing technologies – the issue of convenient, reliable user authentication and proactive detection of threats, both physical and cyber.
There are numerous ways to authenticate an owner, with varying degrees of reliability and accuracy: using passwords and smart cards, biometric authentication with fingerprint and iris recognition being the most popular, as well as voice and face recognition. However, after authentication has been passed, smart home systems don’t normally bother with such questions as “Is it really the owner, and if so, is everything alright with her?” Checking such things could raise the alarm about unusual behavior by the owner, or her health. One particular circumstance that requires close scrutiny is that of forced entry when the owner enters the building with an unfriendly party or is intimidated in some way.
This problem could be solved with the further development of smart home systems, or with the introduction of a missing link. This could be a wearable device that, for example, monitors the physical parameters of the owner, like pulse and body temperature, and compares them to known behavioral profiles, stored both on the device and within the smart home system – many smart home systems already store parameters such as the history of climate control settings. We invite the contestants to come up with ideas for wearable and/or clothing solutions, because apart from working as an extra factor in user authentication scenarios and acting as an intermediate medium in communication between the human and smart home solution, they also add another degree of flexibility for humans by serving as a digital companion when outside the home.
We expect the proposal to contain a description of:
We expect submissions for the internal design to be in formats compatible with SolidWorks and Altium. We will be looking for solutions built upon mass-produced electronic components, like Arduino and Intel Curie, but we welcome other ideas too.
The proposals will be evaluated for feasibility, relevancy and possible value for the company. This evaluation will not be possible if the proposal lacks answers to the questions outlined in points 2.a.-2.c. So a successful proposal should clearly describe the key features, target audience, and value for end customer. Having a vision of what the solution will look like (2.d.) and how it can be made (2.e & 2.f), greatly increases the chances of success.