How ‘Smart’ is your Smart Home?
How ‘Smart’ is your Smart Home?
So, you decided to jump on the Smart Home/IoT bandwagon and bought an Amazon Echo for the Alexa voice assistant. Or maybe it was a Google Home or Apple’s Siri that works for you. 

These products/services act not only as great voice assistants, but with just a little setup act as great conduits to tell other smart devices in your home what to do. Simply by conjuring the likes of Alexa, Siri, or Google with your voice you can tell the lights to dim, the locks to lock, the music to play, or the heat to crank. So congratulations, your home is truly well connected, but is it… Smart?

I would argue that a Smart Home (as opposed to a Connected Home) does more than control devices via voice. A true Smart Home executes multiple commands at once using either the sound of your voice or a simple button press on an app. Let’s take watching a movie as an example; if you wanted to watch a movie on Netflix via Apple TV or Roku or your Smart TV services, you’d have to ask Siri/Alexa/Google to turn on the TV, then ask it to switch to the right input, then go to Netflix. If you want to dim the lights and close the shades, these are two additional commands. I just counted three to five commands. That’s a lot of talking and waiting to do just to watch a movie!

If your home was really smart, you’d have to say just one command; “Alexa/Google/Siri Turn On the Movie!” at which point the TV will turn on, switch to the right input (even the right volume) and launch Netflix, the lights will dim and the curtains shut close. All you have to do is select the movie of your choice.

Let’s take another example; say you want to throw a party. You invite a few guests and want to set the mood just right. You set up Sonos to the right streaming service/channel and pick the list of your choice. You then use your lighting app to dim the lights just right. You also set the temperature right. Yet with a true Smart Home all you’d have to tell your voice assistant to do is to “Turn On Entertain!”.

The list goes on and on- you can set a Good Morning Scene when you’re up and Good Night when you go to bed. A Welcome scene for when you come home and an Away scene which will shut off the lights, TVs & music when you leave. It’ll even arm the alarm for you.

Furthermore, I would argue that a real Smart Home will monitor your home for you and send notifications to your phone should you have a leak or if you left your garage door open. And finally, it should all be under one app. Why should you have to toggle between multiple apps to achieve a simple task like watching a movie?

So, how do you set a real Smart Home? You call a specialist who can integrate all these individual apps into one cohesive system. A Smart Home System.

So, you decided to jump on the Smart Home/IoT bandwagon and bought an Amazon Echo for the Alexa voice assistant. Or maybe it was a Google Home or Apple’s Siri that works for you. 

These products/services act not only as great voice assistants, but with just a little setup act as great conduits to tell other smart devices in your home what to do. Simply by conjuring the likes of Alexa, Siri, or Google with your voice you can tell the lights to dim, the locks to lock, the music to play, or the heat to crank. So congratulations, your home is truly well connected, but is it… Smart?

I would argue that a Smart Home (as opposed to a Connected Home) does more than control devices via voice. A true Smart Home executes multiple commands at once using either the sound of your voice or a simple button press on an app. Let’s take watching a movie as an example; if you wanted to watch a movie on Netflix via Apple TV or Roku or your Smart TV services, you’d have to ask Siri/Alexa/Google to turn on the TV, then ask it to switch to the right input, then go to Netflix. If you want to dim the lights and close the shades, these are two additional commands. I just counted three to five commands. That’s a lot of talking and waiting to do just to watch a movie!

If your home was really smart, you’d have to say just one command; “Alexa/Google/Siri Turn On the Movie!” at which point the TV will turn on, switch to the right input (even the right volume) and launch Netflix, the lights will dim and the curtains shut close. All you have to do is select the movie of your choice.

Let’s take another example; say you want to throw a party. You invite a few guests and want to set the mood just right. You set up Sonos to the right streaming service/channel and pick the list of your choice. You then use your lighting app to dim the lights just right. You also set the temperature right. Yet with a true Smart Home all you’d have to tell your voice assistant to do is to “Turn On Entertain!”.

The list goes on and on- you can set a Good Morning Scene when you’re up and Good Night when you go to bed. A Welcome scene for when you come home and an Away scene which will shut off the lights, TVs & music when you leave. It’ll even arm the alarm for you.

Furthermore, I would argue that a real Smart Home will monitor your home for you and send notifications to your phone should you have a leak or if you left your garage door open. And finally, it should all be under one app. Why should you have to toggle between multiple apps to achieve a simple task like watching a movie?

So, how do you set a real Smart Home? You call a specialist who can integrate all these individual apps into one cohesive system. A Smart Home System.

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