We are moving closer to a reality of ubiquitous AI, where the technology could be and will be in our smartphones, computers, cars, and in every nook in our homes.

One highlight at the International Design and Technology Conference held in Fuzhou’s Shunde district on Dec. 9 was the discussion on the design and user experience of future homes.

Xu Chengmao, vice president of Midea’s Corporate Research Center, points out that in the past the look and feel of smart home products was important to consumers. But in the digital age, other factors such as a product’s functionality, and how it interacts with people also account for the overall user experience.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.