The networked home came second out of ten in a list of non-obvious things that will be massive in the next five years.
Whilst it struck me that the construct of asking people which non-obvious technology is most obvious was fairly bogus, this point from James Slavet is well made. What is the driver for me to put more technology into my home? Saving 10% is great but is not as life-altering as, say, email was.
As yet, the Internet of Things that has been explained to me is more cool than cash and, whilst I am certain there will be many more intelligent devices, the number of people who consider any thermostat cool will always be limited.
James Slavet: “Right now the smart home is definitely a B-to-G [ie. business-to-geek] phenomemon. The question is what will make it mainstream.”