The smart home really is right around the corner

The smart home is at that pre-iPod stage right now, with devices using different formats for connection, terrible interface design (let me tell you about my smart TV) and complex setups. It’s still at the nerd level, and people are having trouble figuring out what it can do for them, let alone going through the process of setting everything up. Some systems had significant failures. Take Wink, for example, the connected home spinoff that almost brought down its parent company, Quirky.

As Geoffrey Fowler noted in the Wall Street Journal last year, “Hobbyists will enjoy tinkering with these systems, but for anybody else who cares about their marriages, children and sanity, my recommendation is to wait.”

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