The Dog that Did not Bark

07 August 2019

“The dog that did not bark” was a critical clue in a Sherlock Holmes murder mystery. In that story, Sherlock Holmes was able to solve a murder by focusing on what did not happen – a dog that did not bark because the dog was familiar with the person that entered.

The lesson to be learned is to focus not just on what is there, but also on what is not there.

When consumers look at smart home devices, they appreciate the form and function of the device and its feature set. They pay less attention to what the device does not do, and even less so to why it does not do it.

Battery-operated smart home devices have limited functionality because their designers did not find a way to add these desired features without sacrificing battery life. What goes does a smart device do if its owner needs to replace batteries once a week?

The impact of long-range wireless power will thus be twofold:

  1. Eliminate batteries, which can help reduce the device, address environmental concerns and of course improve the user experience.
  2. Allow manufacturers to add the features that consumers crave, now that battery life constraints have been addressed. This can create user experiences that most users have not imagined to be possible.

What will you add if you had more energy in a smart device?

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