Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably heard of the term “Smart Home”. The promise of an instantly controllable life, getting day to day things done in the click of a button, but in reality all they do is add another layer of complexity to our lives that we never needed in the first place. The internet of things is amazing with technology allowing us to use energy and resources more efficiently, but a high tech coffee grinder, a $200 digital post-it note, these are not problems!
The Smart Home Problem
In today’s technological world, many people complain about having overcomplicated lives that reduces their ability to focus. What’s wrong with developing Smart Home products is that instead of reducing complexity in our lives, they aim to reduce complexity by adding unnecessary layers to it. These layers of simplification by addition are fundamentally the wrong way and recognizing this is key.
The best way to combat the development of unnecessary Smart Home products is to simple not buy them. Wallet protest is highly effective. Sure, a digital coffee grinder may be exactly what you need, but won’t it taste that much better if you took a trip out in the fresh air to get freshly ground coffee? A refocusing on what you want from life, your home and future is a good way of deciding whether you need to buy or do most things. Be hard on yourself – don’t buy into the hype and vote with your wallet. It’s the only way people will learn.
Why Smart Homes Aren’t The Future Of The Internet Of Things
The reason why we don’t think Smart Homes are the future of the Internet of Things is because they’re simply a group of products that exacerbate “First World Problems”. Not every product needs to save the world, but few are actually viable products beyond the Kickstarter crew. What’s actually a good direction to go in is “Smart Cities”, where the smart money and brains are at.