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Will the Smart Home Be Psychic or Programmable?

Smart Home

Oh yeah, this is the year the smart home goes mainstream. This week Time has devoted a hunk of its magazine to profiling Tony Fadell, the founder of Nest, explaining SmartThings and showing off six “smart homes” that aren’t exactly smart. The profile of Fadell gets into his concept of the conscious home and won’t surprise anyone familiar with Nest, but it is a nice intro into a future with a home that adjusts to your needs. The SmartThings profile shares what I think of as today’s version of the smart home, where the user puts connected devices into their home and develops modes and scenes that make their lives easier. SmartThings, as explained by CEO Alex Hawkinson, may represent the 1.0 version of the smart home while Fadell is after a longer-range vision that will depend on context and artificial intelligence to get the home to react appropriately around each individual.

Read the full story at Giga OM, and Time’s profile of Tony Fadell.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.