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Why My House Isn’t Like the Jetsons

My wife would love to have Rosie, but…

Here’s a rant I posted on LinkedIn today:

Q:  Is home automation really needed? or is it just to attract customer?

A: Needed? I don’t think so. Useful and desirable? Absolutely. Poorly marketed? Ah, there’s the question. For tech weenies like me, it is very enticing. For the average consumer, their first thought is “I will never figure this out”. The slow consumer (non-)adoption has kept the hardware and software above the mass market price level. Hard to sell an X-10 device for 100 times the price of the “dumb” version if the consumer thinks it is too hard to use.

I think if a company can find a way to lower the entry cost and provide full in-home installation it will catch on. Until then, there are still a lot of VCRs blinking 12:00…12:00…12:00…

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