Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Why I don't think I need a smart home.

Let me tell you something about myself. As a kid I liked toys that didn't require batteries. I like the fact that a toy has simple moving parts and I don't have to worry about batteries or the electronics failing. I mean I liked the flashing lights and sound effects from batteries powered toys but I always loved things that didn't have the bells and whistles.

I would say I have the same approach with cars. I mean automatic climate control is good, automatic headlights is nice, but I often found that cars with tons of electronics in them is just another item that you have to pay for when it fails. All the extra electronics are items that aren't essential to the car going from A to B but move end up costing you money in the long run if they fail.

When I think about a home I like to have the essentials, I don't need a fridge that tells me when I'm out of milk, I don't need the rooms to automatically warm up before I come home from work. I don't even need motorized blinds. Don't get me wrong I think the idea of a Smart Home is great, but I just worry about the day when those things fail. I want to keep the moving parts in my house as simple as possible. With that being said I'm not building slog cabin with an outhouse, but I just want to keep all the wires, electronics and automation to a minimum cause I don't want to be stuck with open blinds because the remote suddenly stopped working, or have to upgrade the firmware of my fridge.


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