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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

How Can Smart Homes go Mainstream?

A look at the challenge.  Have used one for over a year.  There is a long way to go from the Echo device to really running a smart home. Right now its just a home that is more convenient in sometimes delightful but still quite limited ways.    In Knowledge@Wharton:

" ... Amazon’s popular Echo device powered by an artificial intelligence personal assistant called Alexa has rekindled hopes that the smart home — where everything from entertainment and appliances to security, heating and lighting systems are all interconnected — is just around the corner.

Not so fast, warn experts at Wharton. “The popular press is enamored with the connected home, but we’re only seeing a glimmer of what’s ultimately possible,” says Wharton management professor David Hsu. “It’s very early, and we have to see tighter integration between all of the players. ...  " .. 

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