It becomes easier all the time to purchase a few Smart Devices that will make your life easier in some way. There is intense competition in this crowded marketplace and you will often see deals even on items like premium Smart Lights and Plugs. However, these devices are not wholly without concerns.
Scary Smart Home Technology
You do see one or two articles pointing out that you may be really exposing the details of your life on the Internet. This is why you will see articles like the one today, Smart home devices ‘creepy’ say two-thirds of owners.
As that article points out:
Smart home devices are ‘creepy’ according to the majority of people who own them, based on an Ipsos MORI poll. Two-thirds of US owners of smart home gadgets bought them despite this feeling. The take-away appears to be that consumers consider the convenience to outweigh privacy concerns
You may well ask – so what should I do about this.
The Tension in Living With Smart Home Technology
As a recent article suggests, one answer is that brands must alleviate concerns around technology in the home if they are to win consumer trust. That article is based on work done by Accenture. This is described in a longer paper on Putting the human first in the future home.
Their summary runs as follows:
Our research on tensions shows that people are resigned to the fact that they need to share their personal data in order to use certain smart-home products and services, but they struggle with this reality. The companies that go beyond data protection and earn their trust by combining true relevance with a rationalization of these tensions will be the pioneers of success in this space.
The full paper is worth reading and has some intriguing insights:
For example, the group most positive and trusting of technology are aged 65 years or more—which is precisely the part of the market that many tech companies have been neglecting.
You can of course wait for the technology providers to improve their products. However they likely will never get things completely right. Given that, we at TechieLiving believe it is important to design the best possible integration between the available products and what you want and need. This is an important first step in implementing the best possible Smarter Home for you. We call it the Smarter Home Master Plan.
Having a Smarter Home Master Plan
The TechieLiving Smarter Home Master Plan aims to bridge the gap between what Smart Products can currently do by and your own needs, wants and preferences. Everyone in your household should find they enjoy working with the Smart Home and find it easy to do what they want. They should also know that they can have peace of mind because the whole system is very secure. This Master plan is developed by a thorough analysis of your home, your lifestyle, the routines you have and your preferences.
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