The Internet of Things gap

There is a survey making the rounds which basically says very few people are interested in home automation and far fewer already have it. Two points on this. First, people are horrible at imagining the future. If you ask them about some piece of technology, many are not going to understand the potential impact. Look at the lukewarm response to the iPad, which became the fastest growing market segment in history. Second, the technology simply isn’t there. There have been competing technologies and specs for decades which have slowed the adoption rate and created customer confusion and has slowed the development of useful implementations.

Ask someone if they’d like their door to unlock and open automatically when they come home using their voice print as security, they might change their minds. Ask if someone would want to see whenever there is motion activity in their yard and they would likely be interested. How about having your washer and dryer time themselves to automatically finish your laundry when you get home? No more wrinkled clothes? Yes please!

These are just a few examples and the cost of implementing them have come crashing down. Just compare installing your own home automation with security cameras to having a company like Protection One do it and you start to see a very different value proposition. Don’t ask people if they want a particular technology. Ask them if they want the chores in their lives to be easier; for their homes to be safer and smarter. Then we will know what the value of the Internet of Things will really be. Once a standard is made, then we will have one hub for internet, WiFi, and home automation, we are already close with WiFi routers that have 1GHz processors, just add Bluetooth capability and we could be there.

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