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IoT Reality: Smart Homes Not Smart Enough Yet
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seoworks2015
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seoworks2015,
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3/3/2016 | 9:06:07 AM
Safety is key
I totally agree that I'd rather be lazy than risk it with some of these systems. The number 1 thing for people is security, as well as being able to turn the heating up behind their partners back, and I think the connectivity problems people have with such "smart" systems do not leave them to rely on the programmes. I would definitely love to be able to lock my door from upstairs, but then I doubt technology like this and would still want to get up and check it has actually done it. 
KevinB2011
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2/20/2016 | 10:31:11 PM
re: Smart Home plan
It is sad to see the glacial pace at which improvements in standards and interoperability between devices is moving in the realm of Smart Homes.  But I also think that there is a huge void that is not being filled, between the DIY, simple, disparate component home systems and the professionally installed and uber capable home automation system.  The middle class of consumers that would be willing to shell out a few (under 10) thousands to have a home that is quite integrated, energy efficient, secure, and convenient.  Companies like Best Buy, Sears, and maybe Home Depot are poised in a good position to take advantage and leverage a professional services workforce to install and configure mid-range systems that operate more in harmony and offer customers the benefits of HA - 1) security; 2) energy efficiency; 3) convenience; 4) cool factor.  But they need to be pro-active and work with manufacturers to demand what customers and installers are asking for. 
Michelle
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Michelle,
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2/20/2016 | 4:34:02 PM
Re: Room to evolve
@impact I can imagine you have pretty high standards. I expect a lot from such technologies - security is one of the more important features. When security is overlooked, I'm no longer interested in the device.
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impactnow,
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2/12/2016 | 2:16:38 PM
Re: Room to evolve
Michelle my home is also pretty dumb but I do have cameras and a water leakage sensors that alerts my phone. The other smart items don't seem to have much value at this point sadly they don't meet the standard of what we are accustomed too with the rest of our technology
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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2/11/2016 | 3:34:59 AM
Re: IoT device makers undercutting their own message
The DIY community will have to reach a critical mass before the tipping point is reached. Code already exists that can convert an Arduino or Raspberry Pi from a home protection device into an energy production device, and vice versa. However, it requires a fair amount of time to search the necessary code and implement it in the new environment.

Once DIY user 1 has worked out the details then, the blueprints are easy to transfer to DIY user 2. If enough projects are a success, the tipping point will be reached for the IoT.
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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2/10/2016 | 4:24:19 PM
IoT device makers undercutting their own message
Yes, the people who established themselves in the land line business stopped trying to be competitive a long time ago. Now the future has caught up with them. It's also a little surprising how the IoT device makers hem you in when they're selling use of a more flexible intelligence. They are undercutting their own message.
Michelle
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Michelle,
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2/10/2016 | 1:43:22 PM
Re: Room to evolve
We all saw this coming in IoT devices. We expected siloded data and closed off connections. Interoperability, we said, was far off. I thought we'd have better options by now. I hope it doesn't take another 10 years for IoT companies to see value in interconnected device pairings. My home, for now, is pretty dumb. I might consider a smart lightbulb but I don't think I'll get fancier than that for a while...
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impactnow,
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2/10/2016 | 12:21:34 PM
Room to evolve

Yes, I agree the IoT at home has been a laggard in tech innovation. All the products seem to come with significant limitations out of the box. While I love gadgets I have to admit my home is very traditional because of the limitations. The thermostats causes pipes to freeze for snowbirds last year, the Wi-Fi door bell has connectivity issues and your noted alarm system is lacking. Hopefully the IoT at home will mature over the next ten years to really help our home lives become more efficient.



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