Is there any way you would be willing to share your vision for the platform with us? Specifically, what do you have in mind for average (non-programmer, non-hobbyist) people to control and automate their homes. I don’t necessarily mean anything to do with cloud stability or back end robustness. I mean user interface and workflow. I mean the actual process of someone going from an idea for something that they could do, to having that a reality.
Are you thinking about these things for when a smart home is ‘normal’? For when automation and control of the home are being used by 50% of the households in the US?
In general, I’m just wondering if you’d be willing to give us your take on the current state of the platform in terms of UI, ease of use, user workflow, etc. and your vision for what it will need to be in order for a huge percentage of the population to be successful with it. I have some specific questions, but anything you care to share would be great.
Are you all feeling like the Smart App paradigm is holding up? Do you think it even has the potential to scale well in terms of ease of use?
Do you see more of a need for generalized apps rather than very specific apps? Do you feel like the generalized lighting app has been a success? Do you feel like the fact that it is a Smart App is limiting how good it can be? (In my opinion it is a nice step forward, but would still confuse the heck out of my 65 year old mother)
Currently anything used for automation is pretty much text based and menu driven. Do you feel like that will be good enough for the masses? Any plans for something more visual and intuitive?
I think SmartThings is by far the best platform for the money out there right now. It’s hard for me to see it becoming a new ‘normal’ for average households in its current state though. So… do you have a vision for this?
Also, I know posting anything about the future, or even potential future, of the platform on this forum is an invitation for people to get angry about things that don’t happen. Can we all agree that any response from ST is just vision? Not promises, not things you should expect, not something you are owed because someone said something on the internet. Just some ideas for what maybe could be.