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Is Home Automation Dead?

Is Home Automation really dead?  I came accross this blog the other day and it has started a great debate.  It is so good that I wanted to posted it on my site and see what why visitors think.

Is Home Automation really dead?  I came accross this blog the other day and it has started a great debate.  It is so good that I wanted to posted it on my site and see what why visitors think.

Here is the original post:

Home Automation Is Dead

Home Automation is dead as we know it. I am going to tell you why.

Home Automation has struggled to find its place in our homes since the idea was displayed during the World Fairs of the 1930’s. The Jetsons and other science fiction made everyone feel that an automated home was just around the corner. Since then, cost, complexity and too many protocols have limited it to the homes of the wealthy and very ambitious geeks. Home automation as we know it has never achieved mass market success because there is not a compelling value proposition that works with the mass market, the everyday homeowner…… (you can see the rest at the link below)

Now here is my response:

IS HOME AUTOMATION DEAD?

I am sorry but this is the biggest hogwash that I have ever read. As an integrator, it is our job to make these systems complete and appropriate for our customers. The fact that you ever had X10 tells me that you have no clue, that product was garbage.

With the iPhone/iPad/Android devices, the Home Automation industry is at the top of its game. It is easier and cheaper than it has ever been for quality devices and systems. It is now our time to educate the consumer. This industry is moving at a pace so fast your head could spin. We live this stuff and even for us it takes training to stay at the top of your game. Just imagine the consumer, he sees the products and searches for ideas on the Internet but with the influx of so much data and reviews...they never stand a chance. This is why Bose are still in business.

It is time to look outside the box instead of buying another all in one box. My three year old knows how to get around on an iPad. So why is it that you don't think that we can evolve from this technology into something everyone will value and demand?

I expect Home Automation to grow tremendously over the next few years. If it is gone why are Microsoft, Apple, BrightHouse, and ADT continuing to try and get into the game. These big companies would not spend the money if they did not see the big opportunity.

Apple is about to release the mobile watch and clothing next. Apps will continue at a very fast rate. The combination of apps is inevitable.

I think you need to think again. Maybe more research. If you need any help please reach out to us.

Let me know your thoughts!

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