Years ago, living in a smart, or automated home was the stuff of science fiction, but technology is catching up…
..but would you live in a smart home?
Senior Planet recently fielded a survey of some of our readers to learn more about your attitudes and concerns about smart home technology. Here’s what we learned. Does this sound like you?
Technology to improve security, control thermostats and listen to music wirelessly were the top three reasons for members to have a smart home. Voice activated devices like Alexa or Echo would be used most often to get the weather, get directions or get general information. Almost three quarters agreed they would most appreciate the security and safety of a smart home, and about two-thirds liked the convenience and money-saving possibilities.
“I am excited about the possibilities & enhancement that Smart Home technology offers!” said one survey respondent.
Despite those positive attitudes, survey respondents also had some concerns about smart homes. Nearly all respondents had concerns about security and privacy of smart home devices, and more than three-quarters worried that technology would be difficult or confusing to learn. Also, most respondents have some concerns with the affordability of smart home devices.
“It would be beneficial to have some government or private agencies, to help some elderly people, afford to purchase smart home devices,“ suggested one survey participant.
Thanks to our readers for your sharing your perspective (and congratulations to Karol S. who received the Amazon Echo as a thank you for participating!).
What robots could be coming to homes soon? Take a look at what we saw at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Photo still: “Frank & Robot” courtesy of Sony Entertainment