Why dumb devices rule the smart home: a cautionary tale from Apple's HomeKit

Fair enough. I read it again and the first sentence can be interpreted differently with the context you just offered.

I’ll just re-direct my sentiment to actual Apple haters, and retain my excitement for what I think will eventually be a great product.

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I backed this for a lot of the reasons you mentioned: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1425492550/sesame-your-key-reinvented/

The media apparently doesn’t have a clue as to what HomeKit really is, especially in relation to other platforms.

This Wired piece puts HomeKit in the same bucket as Brillo (ummm… Nope!) and claims you need to spend $1000 for a basic smart home.

Wired is for somewhat “gadget aware” consumers, isn’t it?

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JD if you don’t mind my asking, how do you type? Do you use Siri or any type of voice control to do things?

It’s all voice. Voice dictation on the iPad, mostly. Dragon on the laptop occasionally. I can use a knuckle tap on the iPad for some things. Hey Siri to launch stuff. (My iPad is always plugged in.) Like most quads, I also use a switch device.

This Wall St Journal video shows how a person without functional hands uses a touchscreen.

Voice is the reason my posts tend to be longer than most people’s, but in short paragraphs. That’s a typical dictation style.

As far as voice command of devices goes, much discussion here:


Thanks JD, that’s pretty amazing stuff. I don’t use Siri that often, I still find it pretty lacking in many areas, especially when compared to Google Now, or (from what I’ve heard) Amazon’s Echo. But they’re saying Siri will be getting a big upgrade in iOS 9.

Amazon Echo’s far field voice recognition is simply amazing (and I use a lot of voice recognition). Understands everybody who comes to the house across almost the whole first floor. It’s the main way we control lights now. Can’t wait for ST integration, several people are working on it.

The Echo is a good example of an expensive, big, mains-powered device. That may well prove to be the future for many types of home automation. But it’s a real shift from the smaller-cheaper-battery-powered direction of the last few years.


Sorry to necro… but this is a great post.

First: Certainly were I building new right now, I would seek powered sensors with battery backup. Changing batteries is a PITA; it is ultimately energy-inefficient with the cost of batteries.

Second, the garage door: it’s ridiculous to wait on a door to open because the automation has not yet kicked on! I’ve posted before about how automation is not necessarily smart. That would be one of those instances. :smile: ‘Smart’ is telling Alexa or google to open the garage door.

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Pretty sure you could do it now. Just a matter of how much are you willing to pay?

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