I’m sure you’re all familiar with the idea of connected households by now, and Google’s acquisition of Nest is a pretty strong indicator that we’ll be seeing much more of this stuff in the future. But whilst we await the arrival of our smart fridge overlords, perhaps Pylon is a concept that will pique your interest.
The idea is to create a more streamlined and integrated home WiFi network, and bring together the media functionality of your smartphones and tablets with household products like speakers and TVs. Pylon aims to simplify how you manage your home WiFi network, by doing away with pesky passwords and opening up your network to improved media sharing, all without compromising on security.
Pylon could be the perfect solution to the irritating fiasco of exchanging WiFi passwords whenever you have your friends over, instead allowing them to quickly hold their phone up to a little NFC enabled 3×3 inch “Pylon”, preferably placed conveniently near your front door, to hop on your network. The developers also have an ingenious way of connecting up older devices that aren’t NFC enabled. The user simply bumps or taps Pylon with their smartphone, the app then detects a jolt in the handset’s accelerometer and connects to the Pylon which experienced the same bump.
But Pylon isn’t just about conveniently allowing your friends to hook up to your WiFi, the system also enables users to quickly and easily share music, photos, and video, to other users, speakers, and smartTVs. Pylon will allow a friend to play their favourite song on your stereo or quickly share a picture with everyone in the room. Pretty neat, and a promising start for the concept of closer and smarter home integration.
To help tie this system together, networks owners and users will need to install the Pylon app. Here you can set various network permissions, WiFi timers for guests, and control media sharing options. There’s also bags of potential for creating more user-friendly WiFi hotspots in public places, such as coffee shops.
If you’d like to learn more about Pylon and maybe throw a couple of bucks at the project, then head on over to the official Kickstarter page.