The Pros and Cons of a Smart Home
When Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion earlier this year, the deal included the Nest Learning Thermostat, a darling in the smart home world. Before and since, companies leapt at the chance to produce the next big thing in the industry, and competition is heated.
But many are questioning the necessity and practically of smart home technology, including “Wall Street Journal” tech columnist Christopher Mims.
“Frankly, other than people who have very specific reasons to add automation to their homes, I have no idea why anyone would do it, even if the equipment were free,” Mims said. “Even when smart home technology works as advertised, the complexity it adds to everyday life outweighs any convenience it might provide.”