1. It wants to change how you normally use things
Many realized that the Internet of Things is here with the release of Philips Hue. And it was cool, it still is! We are also very happy to have a few of them here in our office.
There is a real value in having a full color spectrum at your fingertips as you can enhance virtually any moment of your daily life from romantic dinners to party nights. And it makes your house safer too as it simulates human behavior when you are not around. But what if you want to turn off the light in your own bedroom? You can! Find your phone, type in passcode, find the app, wait the app to load, and then flick the button on your screen. Was that easy..
A true smart home should work with existing household interfaces and not to try to change how people turn off their bedroom lights by remotely adding 4 more steps instead of just simply flipping one ordinary switch.
2. It can work well… for a single person
For busy young professionals, IoT can be a true relief as one will not have to worry about plugged in irons, ovens and other potential threats. Just a simple command “turn of electric appliances and reduce heating when GPS coordinates change from home” will take away this headache forever. However, if this professional has family members living together, the same command may leave one’s children in a dark and cold anxiety desperately trying to figure out how to make sense of all these smart devices around their house.
It may seem easy, but figuring out how to account for whole family is not a straightforward task. Ideally there should be a single platform universally accessible from multiple devices (smartphones, PCs, TVs..). And while universal access is not that difficult to fix, the biggest quest for IoT companies here is how weave various family members’ usage patterns into a unified and seamless flow which represents their household life.
3. It over-complicates life
The Internet can easily be a black hole for one’s time, it’s a fact. Sadly, the Internet of Things can be too, but it shouldn’t be!
While IT companies compete for who will build the next big thing, early adopters find themselves overloaded with myriads of apps and features which makes nice demos.. but only for the sake of technology and not its users. Being in control is good, but, as always, less is more. We are talking about ambient control where household gadgets and apps work in a stealth mode responding naturally to their masters’ lives. Truly smart systems should learn and predict what needs to be done instead of becoming yet another household chore by constantly asking humans for input and therefore consuming their time, just like the Internet.
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