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.