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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Defining the Smart Home: More than a Speaker

Very true, but it sets the stage.  There is so much more work to be done to establish the level  assistance that needs to created.   Skills are many, but most are trivial.    Below article points to recent surveys. 

ProBeat: A smart speaker does not a smart home make in Venturebeat, from CES By  Emil Protalinski

To coincide with CES 2020 this week, Strategy Analytics released a survey claiming that smart homes had passed “the tipping point” and that “Most Homes Are Now Smart Homes.” Putting aside that U.S. homes don’t represent the world’s homes, the survey assumed that you had a smart home if you “own at least one smart home device.” First, owning doesn’t mean actively using. Second, a smart home is not defined by owning “smart speakers, interactive security systems, and smart thermostats.” Third, that begs the question: How should we define a smart home?

The smart home definition is important for a few reasons. Technology has been flooding into our homes, and CES 2020 showed this trend is not abating. Internet of things (IoT) devices are not going away, and neither is the dream of a smart home. That doesn’t mean all home devices marketed as “smart” are inherently useful, however, let alone make our homes “smart.” Additionally, there are plenty of valid privacy and security concerns in a potential smart home....." 

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