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The Joys and Perils of the "Smart" Home

The Joys and Perils of the "Smart" Home

For a few years now, I've been toying around with "Smart" home accessories. I have Philips Hue light bulbs, and accessories, I've owned various Belkin WeMo switches, and have recently jumped into the Wink ecosystem with their Aros Smart Air Conditioner. In many ways "Smart" isn't the correct way to refer to these devices or a home powered by them. We're still in its infancy and many of these devices don't offer much more convenience than normal "unsmart" devices. A better way to refer to them are connected devices, which is a more apt description. They are connected to the internet, bluetooth, or both giving you unprecedented access to your appliances and in some cases more convenience. However, they do fall into a few pitfalls, and this is just my experience with the connected home, and integrating them into my life and my wearables.