MIT’s futuristic smart home app wants to connect all smart devices
Valentin Heun, a researcher at MIT’s Fluid Interfaces Lab is creating the future. Having accepted the inevitableness of the Internet of Things, Heun is creating an app that is capable of linking smart objects, allowing them to trigger each other in different ways. His creation, the Reality Editor app, is already available on the iTunes app store.
The Reality Editor app uses an augmented reality overlay display to allow users to interact with, edit or combine the functionality of Hybrid Objects. Hybrid Objects are physical objects that have an augmented reality and a physical user interface. App users can hold a smartphone camera to a Hybrid Object and the reality overlay will display an object’s features. Users can then draw a line from one object to another to connect specific features of these items.
The app also lets users “borrow and share” features of different objects. For instance, you could connect your TV’s sleep timer to your lights allowing them to both turn off at the same time.
The Reality Editor app is made in anticipation of an increasing Internet of Things world. It is the result of three years of research and it uses QR-like codes to identify smart gadgets. As the app develops, the QR codes won’t be necessary as the app will be able to identify objects when they are viewed through the app. While there aren’t any devices that support Reality Editor's open-source Open Hybrid platform yet, Heun thinks that will change as the Internet of Things realm continues to expand.