I think that if you read this blog enough you’ll realize that I’m a bit of a curmudgeon. I’ll tell you I’m a massive techie, that I’m interested in all the latest stuff, but when it comes to smart home products, I’m more a of “get off my lawn” type. Voice control has never been my thing and I’m too protective of my privacy to let too many apps into my life.
At least I was, because even I have to admit that the time has absolutely come for smart home products. I am still not super excited about Amazon knowing every time I turn on the lights in the living room but I have to admit, it’s cool and it just works.
Take for example these Wi-Fi enabled smart outlet adapters which you can get from Solid Signal. You don’t have to know how to do anything but plug them in, and then you can control them from your phone. You can also pair them to Alexa or Google Assistant, which makes it super easy to walk in the door and say, “Alexa, lights.” Now, let’s be fair, you’re probably not going to impress someone by doing this because that trick is pretty common now. But you are going to be able to turn on the lights without putting down the groceries or dropping them while you try to hit the switch. That’s awesome all by itself, right?
Things like smart outlets, thermostats, doorbells and cameras actually make sense. When we all started talking about smart homes, it was about refrigerators that could play Pandora, which made no sense. There’s actually a good reason to smarten up your home. It’s not about making your appliances talk back to you, it’s about controlling the stuff you already have in ways that actually make sense.
But hey, chances are you don’t need me to convince you, unless you’re just as much of a curmudgeon as I am. I got over my crankiness and went smart. Will you do the same?