In recent months we talk a lot about Smart Home devices like Google Home and Alexa. Never as in this last period, technology seems to take over our daily life, also involving the aspects that so far did not concern it.
In fact, apart from talking about it a lot, users still know very little about this topic: in this article, we will go through some of the most common questions and doubts regarding the use of Smart Home devices.
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Smart Home: doubts and advantages
If smartphones have in fact revolutionized our lives, Smart Home devices promise to do it even more.
Beyond the natural mistrust towards a technology with such a sci-fi flavor, the advantages involved in its use must be analyzed. The systems used for a smart home can help you in your daily life, even in the simplest things.
For example, you can raise or lower the temperature of the heating, turn on the oven and other small operations that, until some time ago, would easily be found in some science fiction movie.
Privacy and security
Who is skeptical about the Smart Home philosophy, sees in the main workhorse the privacy factor. Actually, he’s not wrong!
The devices used to make smart homes collect a large amount of data on the inhabitants and their habits. Information that not everyone knows, is often turned to brands. Although these data are theoretically anonymous, it is as disturbing as potentially, using this technology can be controlled almost 24 hours a day.
It should be clarified that the most widespread products on the market, include some functions for the protection of privacy. Naturally, these are well hidden and, by default, disabled.
Well yes, another major flaw concerns security from hacker incursions. Like all technological devices, even Google and Amazon devices for Smart Home are theoretically subject to attacks.
Brand and compatibility
If you intend to introduce this new technology into your home, it is good that you know how to find total compatibility is impossible. The three giants that share this market (Amazon, Apple, and Google) tend to keep themselves at a safe distance.
Precisely for this reason, it is recommended to focus on a single brand of the three to be able to have no kind of fear about compatibility with mobile devices or similar.
Offline system or blackout: what happens?
Another question that you make many people curious but a little ‘fearful of everything that is Smart Home, concerns any downs of the internet or blackout.
This is a more than legitimate question to which every brand and specific device reacts differently. In some cases, there are settings to get a backup and the maintenance of the functions even without an internet line, but in general, it is advisable to inquire carefully during the purchase phase for every single device.
Inquire before buying, regardless of the discourse related to blackout and non-working internet, it is still a good idea.
The advantages of a smart home
So far, he has spoken of doubts and fears, but Smart Home technology also promises great benefits. Despite the initial investment with the device and other compatible devices, in the medium term, they could save money, managing lights, heating, and other factors at a distance or with precise timers.
In the not too distant future, it will be possible to manage many functions of the house directly from your office or while you are shopping, saving time and money.
A technology still in the running-in phase
Although the idea is stimulating, it should be clarified how the devices for a smart home currently on the market are still rather “rough” in some respects. Like any revolutionary technology, its startup is difficult and, most likely, the beginning will be characterized by some bug or problem.
Relying on the big brands, however, there should not be big problems: patches and corrections should be rather frequent and assistance will certainly not fail.