Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) might branch into the smart home market. The latest rumor indicates that the company could introduce an iPhone remote for smart homes.

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Apple iPhone could become key player in smart home industry

This rumor could come to the light next week. The Wall Street Journal recently reported there is a huge trend in smart home technology. It is reported Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has a new software platform that will turn the iPhone into a remote control for the house. It would turn on the lights a soon as the user enters the house and possibly do other things too, like adjust security systems, music, and kitchen appliances, and run climate control.

A patent of opportunity

Last year there was a patent filing that described as the following, “A device for relaying location information, the device comprising: a receiver to receive first signals from a plurality of first devices associated with a person, each of the first signals comprising first data, the first data being indicative of an estimated location of the person, wherein, for at least one of the first devices, the first data is indicative of a real-time user-input activity; a location estimator to estimate a location of the person associated with the plurality of first devices, the location estimator comprising: a data aggregator to aggregate at least some of the first data in the first signals; and a weight assigner to assign one or more weights to the first data in the first signals, wherein the estimated location of the person is based at least in part on the assigned weights; a signal generator to generate one or more second signals based on the estimated location of the person, each of the one or more second signals comprising second data; and a transmitter that transmit the one or more second signals to a plurality of second devices.”

If Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) decides to make the move into smart home technology, it could be just the thing to help differentiate the company from rivals.

via: CNET