Doing more with less
ARM technology lowers the barriers to development of intelligent, connected and aware electronics. It enables innovative, powerful and efficient devices to smartly manage our natural resources.
The intelligent computing power provided by ARM products enables an ever-growing number of devices to become "smart connected devices” that learn complex patterns of usage and optimize resource management, benefiting both the end consumer and the broader community.
These systems will one day soon be ubiquitous and a part of the fabric of life through devices and applications that are today unimaginable. However, every day, these microcomputers that do not require constant attention by humans are coming to the marketplace.
The Nest Learning Thermostat
Occupants of modern homes are familiar with the thermostat that controls heating and cooling. For decades, these mechanical devices would turn a furnace on and off as the ambient temperature reached a human set point. They would maintain that temperature as long as the thermostat was set to that point, any time, any day of the year, whether anyone was in the home or not.
In the past few decades, a bit of sophistication made the thermostat more efficient. The thermostat became a somewhat digital device and could be set to do its work at set times of day and even on particular days. Having a warm house to come home to on a winter’s day was nice, especially if the furnace had not been pumping heat all day long, but just for the hour or two prior to the occupants arriving. It was a step up the efficiency ladder.
Now comes the “Nest Learning Thermostat.” Inside the easily installed unit, rather than a copper temperature sensor, is an ARM Cortex-A chip. Combined with the other components of the Nest, it uses the initial input of the occupants of the home as well as accessing local weather data in real-time via Wi-Fi connection. Combining that data over time, the Nest “learns” the preferences and patterns of the occupant.
With that Wi-Fi capability, it means that the occupant can also control the home environment remotely, via a smartphone or other internet access device, allowing for changes on the fly. By efficiently controlling the household heating and cooling demands of millions of homes, the fat of excess energy consumption worldwide will shrink.
The Future of "Smart Systems Everywhere"
The Nest is just the beginning. The applications seem limited only to human imagination. Products that make use of this technology will form a world where humans will have to implement and maintain, but day-to-day operations and monitoring will become redundant. With each passing day, these “Smart Systems Everywhere” will become less of a novelty and more of a fact of daily living. Rather than be an exciting upgrade to one’s lifestyle, they will become expected and the norm, be it in a wearable device part of work and play, or built into homes, offices and factories.