THE “SMART HOME” – PERKS AND PROBLEMS

THE “SMART HOME” – PERKS AND PROBLEMS

By: Simon Mebrahtom and Dorian Hawkins

When you’re not at home, are you ever worried that you left something on such as the coffee maker? Well now  you don’t have to with the new smart home. A smart home is a home equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by a phone or a computer.

The idea of the “smart home” has been around for a long time ever since  we got electronics we have been trying to integrate them with our daily lives. However for a long time smart homes were too expensive for anyone but the richest of us, such as Bill Gates who spent more than a hundred million dollars building his smart home. Now smart homes are becoming more common and cheaper. An example of a smart home device is a Smart Television with gesture recognition. Smart heating is when the temperature of you home can be controlled for your smart phone it can be controlled from anywhere and anytime.

According to Wirelessweek.com, there are estimates that more than 40% of Americans have smart home devices, 45% of broadband households are concerned about privacy and security risks to their smart home devices, and more than a third of people who own a smart home device said that it makes their lives easier, while 27 percent also mentioned saving on their energy bills as a perk.       

There are also many risks for smart home device users and to understand the risks you must first understand the how of things. Every device that is connected in your home network can talk to each other which makes life easier; however, this is also a risk because if someone wants to get in your computer, normally they would have to go through the encryption and protection that comes with a computer these protections do not come with your smart toothbrush or smart coffee maker This makes it easier to access anything else that is on your network of devices.