In 2015, Seamless Product Development (SPD) transitioned from a boutique personal consultancy to a growing innovation powerhouse. This year, SPD has delivered more services than the previous 5 years combined. We now have in-house program management, operations management, and recruiting capabilities; we’ve built a network over 30 highly skilled specialists whom we have engaged on specific projects; and we have developed proprietary tools to manage increasingly large programs for both venture-backed start-ups and massive tech giants. However, as SPD grows, we also have a scaling responsibility to be deliberate about what issues we focus on. Today, we are announcing the our first targeted initiative, the SPD Smart Homes & Buildings Innovation Team.

The mission of the SPD Smart Homes & Buildings Innovation Team will be to advance the state of the art, and the adoption of technology that makes our buildings more energy efficient and their inhabitants more healthy, happy, and productive. Over the coming months, the team will be publishing specific mission objectives tied to 3, 5, and 10 year timelines.

Why Smart Homes & Buildings?

Focusing on the Smart Homes & Buildings vertical is aligned with all four of Seamless’ macro-causes (the high-level reasons why we innovate):

Environmental Conservation – Developing technology that reduces and repairs society’s impact on the environment is part of Seamless’ core mission. Residential and commercial buildings account for 30% of all energy utilization globally [1], and much of this energy is produced by methods that produce significant CO2 emissions.

Human Productivity – Americans spend 87% of their lives indoors [2], that’s over 20 hours a day! Much of that waking time is spent working for a living, and indoor environmental factors have been shown to have a large impact on productivity.

Human Longevity & Vitality –  Most people spend 28% of their lives sleeping indoors [3], and sleep quality and duration have been shown to have a significant impact on productivity, health, and happiness. While some factors that affect sleep quality are individually physiological, other important factors include noise, lighting, temperature and oxygen level. In addition to sleep, the around-clock level of indoor air quality, light, noise and distractions also impact our health and stress levels.

Human-Machine Co-Existence – Over the next five years the number of internet-connected devices in homes is projected to increase 10-fold [4], our workplaces will identify and customize to us in real time, and we’ll be sharing our spaces with multiple robots moving around. The principles of human-machine interaction will be tested in the home and at the office more significantly over the coming decade than in any other venue.

Why Seamless? Why now?

Seamless has much to contribute to this space. We’ve been closely watching smart home technology develop over the last few years, and we have been installing and evaluating smarthome products in our own homes for the last 18 months. We have an increasingly clear understanding of the keystone challenges (the issues that attenuate or block the success of the technology and its adoption) in the domain, and we believe we have the team and the tools to help solve them. Also, with 2015 on track to be the hottest year on record [5], we felt compelled to get organized around how we are applying our resources to help reduce carbon emissions.

What Next?

Over the coming weeks, we will write more about how we are structuring the Smart Homes & Buildings Innovation Team, and what services the team will be offering. We’ll also be sharing ideas and results from our own tinkering, as well as publically curating our journey as we explore and learn more about the space.

We look forward to sharing this adventure with you.

  2. Research from Lawrence Berkeley National Labs
  3. Reporting on statistics collected from user of the SleepCycle smartphone app:

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