My column for the June 2016 issue of Builder and Developer magazine is now posted online.
For this issue, entitled "The Evolution of the Smart Home," I reviewed the current state of the smart home, and how the industry can help propel it from the domain of the early adopter to a mass-market necessity:
It should come as no surprise that the average consumer in 2016 has a general idea of what a smart home is, with a recent study estimating that 30 million U.S. households will add smart home technology in the next 12 months.
But what may surprise you is that the market remains largely the domain of early adopters – including the purchasers of new homes – because the hype doesn’t yet match the reality.
If, as market researcher Gartner is predicting, the typical family home could contain more than 500 smart devices by 2022, the transition from early adopter to mainstream consumer will require simplicity and ease of use over shiny, new products which don’t serve to budge the status quo.To read the entire column, click here.
To read the entire June 2016 issue in digital format, click here.