earlier this week another major manufacturer (Panasonic) announced a raft of new smart home hardware, software and cloud services. They join the long list of world-wide corporations producing these ‘standalone’ systems.
It’s almost 5 years since I wrote the Smart home Utopia piece, but where’s the progress? In a world where any makers TV plugs into any other makers blu-ray player and any file created on a PC can be used on a Mac, can the home automation industry really not get its act together and come up with a global standard for information exchange in the smart home?
Until this happens we’re doomed to be forever stuck in a VHS vs Betamax world. Until someone starts to realise that this incompatibility nightmare is strangling an entire industry we’re never going to make it into every home the way we should. While we still need to employ an integrator just to get our wall switches to speak to more than our lights there’s no hope for mass market uptake.
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Smart home Utopia