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Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
7/2/2015 | 3:37:49 PM
Smart home
Still looks like a solution in search of a problem. It's really not hard to turn the lights on and off manually. Just flip a switch. Boom. Done. 

Connecting appliances to repair services is more promising. Be nice to know if the refrigerator is about to fail before all the food in it goes bad, or if the washing machine is going to give up before you need it to wash your undershirts. 

But even there, there are security problems. Smart consumers might want to wait a decade after the first implementation to let the bugs get ironed out. Let somebody else be the early adopter. 
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
6/30/2015 | 10:41:25 PM
Multiple connected devices
The problem with using a platform or service that leverages multiple connected devices is that all of those devices then become exponentially more vulnerable.

Sure, the grand IoT vision is that the interconnectedness of everything will allow us to live those carefree lives of the future that dystopian sci-fis tell us is so great...but, I daresay, the risk-reward ratio leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to connecting my laundry with my fridge with my printer.
6/30/2015 | 1:16:54 PM
Privacy issues
One note of caution: More data collected means more opportunity for data breaches and abuse of privacy, a point that Icontrol doesn't address in its latest news announcement. Consumers already turn over gobs of information to Google, Apple and Facebook, but that doesn't mean there won't be new backlash against collectors of data from smart home sensors. 

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