When dumb beats smart
News yesterday of new products from Google’s Nest
came as Amazon ramps up its rival bid to run your home’s heating, security and lighting. Seeing Nest now offers separate temperature sensors for different rooms had me thinking again about whether it was time to dive properly into smart home tech in my own house.
But no. I won’t.
I have an internet connected in-home security camera, but when that goes offline unexpectedly (and it does) it’s a minor inconvenience. Putting your heating online just feels like asking for trouble. I say that as I look at a weather forecast predicting more snow for the UK in mid-March.
There have been enough stories of buggy smart thermostats making people’s homes unbearably cold or hot to put me off the tech entirely. And looking at today’s news about malware in power stations, I’d rather not provide yet another vector for attack in my own home.