Tech companies crash the connected home
Homeowners don't like to take risks, and technology makers don't like to take their time. It's a messy combination.
The Samsung smart refrigerator is one such innovation. It runs Android and boasts an 8-inch touchscreen, embedded just above the water dispenser. The idea of a Youtube-enabled fridge has, at times, been met with ridicule, but Amazon (AMZN) reviewers seem to like the functionality.
What they don’t like are busted icemakers and broken doors; Samsung's appliance has been pilloried for mechanical issues.
Canary might be "the world’s first smart home security device for everyone," but it breaks the mold in other ways, too. The video camera/motion sensor lacks a backup battery -- a common feature in traditional security systems -- and is so visually inconspicuous that would-be intruders are unlikely to notice, much less be scared off by it.
These ideas might all have merit, individually, but throw them together and you’re looking at more noise and self-adulation than a Facebook (FB) news feed.
That could be important, if connected devices proliferate and homeowners no longer have the time (or patience) to deal with them piecemeal. Despite being late to the game, Honeywell now holds a commanding lead in smart thermostats, according to Navigant Research.
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