But Seriously Folks: What Makes a Smart Home a "Smart Home"?
I've had a smart home long before “smart” and “home” were ever put together in the same sentence. True, my dog Duke—and before him, my beloved Einstein—made my home smart by alerting me whenever the mail arrived, the garage door opened or the nefarious UPS man dropped off a package.
No, my smart home was smart because whenever I opened my refrigerator, it automatically lit up so I could see into the furthest corners to find the ketchup—amazing! The same could be said for finding my shoes in the closet. I was always amazed how smart my house was because no matter how cold it was outside, I would always wake up to a toasty warm bedroom, and when I slept at night the room would be cool enough for a good night’s sleep. I also always knew when one of my teenage sons came home, since whenever one of the doors to the house opened
I heard a familiar “beep beep” (one if by front, two if by back, three if by basement).
I made my house even smarter by programming a URC remote control so that whenever I pressed a “watch TV” button, voila: I was watching TV! Then I added a lamp dimmer and… I think you get the point.
So given that most people have some level of smarts in their home, what, exactly, IS a “smart home,” and what criteria defines when a home is smart? If I buy an occupancy sensor and have it turn on a light when I enter the room, does that make it smart?
I have to love all the media hype, Kickstarter activity, Wall Street investments, Apple and Google swagger as they all tout the wonders of SMART or the ever-so-hot term IoT. That certainly raises awareness of the very things we’ve been doing for what, 30 years?