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and pointless

really, home automation is the last stand of a truly lazy nation. I can set a temp stat now and its enough for when you get home but setting the kettle to pre-boil then there is a delay in traffic and its a waste of power, same goes for anything. Set the lights and arrive late and waste power. The only thing this can be good for is auto turning on things when you walk in a room.. which would require an RFID sensor in each room but then.. the question is, have google then created a billion hamster cages within which to graphically track your every room movement? I hate to be a killjoy here but i actually enjoy doing a lot of the things automation tries to replace apart from the really mundane.

Home automation is much more than what you think though....

1) What you may call "lazy"... is what I call better use of my time. Why should I vacuum or do dishes when I can be reading or playing with my kids? Do chores provide any major fringe benefits?

2) Home automation will eventually know that there is a delay in traffic... and that you just picked up coffee. Then it will ask you "Do you want your usual tea today? If not, I will not boil the water."

3) Home automation today turn lights on when there's a person in the room or about to be. Why would you need an RFID? Today's technology rely on IR sensors.... but eventually that isn't need since you can be tracked via smartphone or even human body's interference of WiFi. (i.e. track a person as they distort WiFi signals.)

4) Besides, you are missing the fact that processing power and sensors are getting exponentially cheaper. How would the world change if something like a Raspberry Pi with IR, WiFi, and motion sensors costs only $.25?


No one is forcing people to use home automation. It's like horse riding or writing a letter..... you can still do it if you take pleasure in it, but it's cheaper/easier/faster ways.
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