Smart Technology

 

Practical and useful home automation has been a just out-of-reach goal for decades.   It has been the realm of tinkerers and geeks but has not become mainstream.  Today, hundreds of products are flooding the market.  Everything is getting 'Smart' - smart phones, smart homes, smart thermostats, even refrigerators that tell you what you need to buy. Big companies and lots of money are betting on the success.  What has changed?  We'll look at the wide range of devices available now and coming soon.  They offer convenience, savings, information, entertainment, and a better life.  Do they live up to the promises or are they just more cool gadgets to spend money on?  What is the potential for saving money and energy?  How do builders and utilities take advantage?  What about security and privacy?  What do we do now?  What do we do next?