Tuesday at #CES2014

Tom Novak

The Smart Home. I broke from my usual tradition of heading first to Central Hall and instead spent most of the day exploring South Hall.  First up was the smart home at the Z-Wave Alliance and ZigBee Alliance. Both are short range wireless technologies that are being applied in home networking applications so that a broad range of smart devices can work together and be easily controlled. These home applications include smart lightbulbs, thermostats, door locks, appliances, beds and much more.

I get the sense all of this is being designed from the bottom up rather than the top down. While the gadgets are individually fascinating, we still don’t have the answer to “why” a consumer would want their entire home to be smart.  This will take time to sort out.  In the early days of the Web, individual web sites were each interesting by themselves – but…

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