Video in the smart home: The problem or the solution?

Don’t you wish your home was truly efficient and ‘smart’? The current vision of the smart home is a collection of networked devices, operating essentially independently with a different app for each one, and with no sense of who the occupants are, their behaviours, habits or authority, and what needs to be done to accommodate them.

Your house operates much the same as everyone else’s. It’s only you and your family that make the house into a home. In our everyday lives we operate with communication of natural and controlling movements and gestures. These behaviours are subtle, accurate and predictable, and we derive actions from them.

Without this philosophy at the heart of smart homes, we will remain stuck with shouting at a few clever devices that might connect with each other but not us. The solution isn’t trivial – it’s radical and it’s arriving.

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