Smart homes are ultimately based on technology. And most of today’s technology seems to be based on a peculiar principle. If anything can be done, it should be done. You’d think that with all of the technological advances over the last decade, our homes will be much “smarter” by now.
Many bold assumptions have been made on how our refrigerator will order food? How our lights will switch on and off automatically? How one center will power all of our smart devices? and how voice will become the primary user interface.
For all of this techno-optimism, it seems that we should be living in even more high-tech homes by now. In fact, most homes’ last technological development occurred in the 1950s and 1960s. When electrical appliances became widely available.
Well though smart homes are talk of today. Let’s see why smart homes may fall short of smartness in some ways. Also read What The Future Of Smart Home Technology Looks Like
Eight Smart Homes Limitations You Should Know
1. Technology Is Everchanging
Timing plays a major role in the answers to these questions. Every now and then, a new technology matures to the point that it can be used to enable mass-market goods.
When we try to use a modern technology too soon, it doesn’t work as well as it should. There are far too many tweaks, upgrades, and bugs. For early adopters, it’s a Disneyland, but for my mother, it’s hell.
However, if we wait too long, we could lose out on the chance to make a unique product. To be the leader of the pack. To be the first in a sea of blue of technology.
2. The Old Definition of Smart Home Needs Updating
This discrepancy in product acceptance indicates that the old conception of the smart home—a place that senses and responds to our every step.
The technology has not progressed fast enough, and the appropriate use cases have yet to be found where all is infused with intelligence and automation and easily linked to everything else—has fallen short of expectations.
We need to reconsider our concept of the smart home if businesses are to make smarter, more focused investments in smart home technology. Let’s take a look at the current state of smart home technology and the value it has to give us as consumers to get to this new concept.
3. Smart Home Integration May Not Always Be Valuable
At the beginning of the Internet of Things, it seemed that simply linking things would generate value. All of the technology, including the washing machine, refrigerator, lamps, curtains, and dog food bowl, will be associated.
However, it appears that we overlooked the minor but critical requirement of achieving product/market fit. Sure, incorporating technology into the design of a product will result in a cool gadget.
However, in order to cater to the general public, end-users must not only like it, but also need it. To put it another way, the product must address a genuine consumer annoyance.
4. Connectivity May Not Be Easy, or Safe
The majority of smart home devices exist in silos tied to the companies that produced them. It should come as no surprise that trying to screen mirror my iPhone on my Samsung TV without an Apple gadget in the center doesn’t fit.
Or the fact that the smart boiler thermostat bought six months ago would only bind to Wi-Fi. It seems that the only way to ensure that things work together is to commit to a single product ecosystem.
5. Smart Homes May Not Be Smart For Environment
Although smart thermostats promise to save you 10% to 15% on your heating bills (and 15% on cooling costs) – which is obviously good for the environment – the mass production of low-cost electric products is not.
Consumerism is the enemy of sustainable environmental change, with everyone having to cut back and live more frugally rather than continually purchasing the new gadget. Rare earth metals, as well as a lot of plastic, are needed in some of the electrical components.
Mining for the needed raw materials, as well as assembling all of these components into the new smart gadget and delivering it to your nearest Amazon fulfillment center, are also bad for the environment.
The more we rely on internet-connected smart devices, the more coal, gas, and nuclear-powered energy is needed to support the necessary internet traffic.
6. More Vendor Dependent
Many common smart home devices have only been available for 5 years. But what happens to outdated electrical equipment? Consider an older device. There is no longer any support for your Windows 7 installation.
Consider the iPhone 6, which is no longer supported – and the iPhone 7 isn’t far behind in terms of funding. Sonos also lost a number of fans after announcing after Christmas in early January 2020 that it will no longer fund many of its “older” speakers
7. Technology May Not Be Everybody’s Cup Of Tea
People who have grown up with technology are more likely to find it easy to use and adapt to. Others, on the other hand, can find it intimidating or difficult to use.
Since each smart home system is unique and designed differently, there can be a lot of learning involved with getting it set up and then learning how to use it.
8. Smart Living May Not Be As Smart Homes
All of this suggests that businesses should stop worrying about smart homes and start thinking about home processes. What are some of the daily tasks that might benefit from intelligent automation?
Which of these could give people more free time? These are the high-value items that will improve our lives and make our homes less stupid. When manual processes become intelligent and automated, the next transition in how we live at home will occur.
The challenge for innovators, developers, and existing businesses alike is to recognize these processes, and once you’re confident that the technology is mature enough to intelligently automate them, it’s time to think about entering the smart home room.