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gaztaseven t1_iyd9d3k wrote

The monetization problem comes from a false belief that "by 20xx, everyone will want one of these in their homes!" while completely ignoring the fact most people can't or won't budget for what amounts to an overpriced talking alarm clock. Especially when your phone can perform the same function.


Spud_Rancher t1_iyeuvja wrote

The whole home automation really isn’t taking off like I believe these companies thought it would.

I’m not going to retrofit my 100+ year old starter house to do stuff that takes minimal effort on my part.

My wife and I had talks about building our next home, and the only thing I would really want “automated” would be like turning outside lights on when coming home after dark or adjusting the thermostat before leaving work, simple functional things.

Automating everything is also just asking for extra failure points.