What’s Next for Smart Homes?

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 15 Mar, 2015
According to a Digital Trends article: nothing. Or at least not right now. In our blog Smart Home Regrets, we told a story about a fictitious couple who embraced the idea of a smart home because they were offered state of the art lighting, surround sound, TVs, an alarm system and a top-of-the-line HVAC system. […] The post What’s Next for Smart Homes? appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
In our blog Smart Home Regrets , we told a story about a fictitious couple who embraced the idea of a smart home because they were offered state of the art lighting, surround sound, TVs, an alarm system and a top-of-the-line HVAC system. And all of it is connected to a system with convenient features which could be pre-programmed. They could choose to set the lights or music to go on at certain times every day. Or they could monitor their security system, or check if their doors are locked from a remote location. All of their smart home functions could be controlled by the push of a button from an iPad, cell phone or any of the small touch screens scattered throughout the house. The story itself is all true, in terms of what a smart home offers, and what we see as the “pros” of a smart home.
Yet, in the same story about the fictitious couple, we also found the couple coming home to a system which had stopped working. The couple had to figure out how to turn on things manually, and how to download new software to get the system to work again. They also experienced technical issues when they wanted to add in a new component such as an additional TV. They sometimes spent hours trying to resolve issues with technical support, for even minor occurrences, such as a remote that stopped working. This too is a true representation of what happens to smart home owners. This would be some of the cons.
In our blog Smart Homes: Convenient AND Safe? , we again pointed out smart homes offer beneficial conveniences unheard of just a few years ago. But on the negative side security vulnerabilities may give criminals access to our televisions, toilets, thermostats, refrigerators, lighting systems and other smart home products. While there are things you can do to minimize the chance of hacking, our final advice in the piece was simply to wait if you don’t feel confident in the technology. As more companies create more smart home products, the expectation is manufacturers will create better software to prevent hacking.
Waiting seems to the consensus offered by Digital Trends too. Right now, the magazine says, it’s a “fragmented, confusing, amorphous creation.” While you may feel cool owning a smart home, we don’t completely understand what it is yet, and there is yet to be a solid central hub created, which would connect all the devices, regardless of what they do or what company manufactured the product. Once this is created, all the data can be filtered and synced to the cloud. Conclusion:The technology is still in its infancy, yet it’s the wave of the future. We can’t suggest forgoing the technology completely if you desire having a smart home, but make your choices knowing exactly what you are getting.
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