If you have a smart speaker in your home, or you’ve added a few light bulbs you can control with your phone, you’re closer to the science fiction future than you may realize. That’s because today’s connected devices are intended to work together. Just say “It’s movie night” to your Amazon Echo and watch as lights dim, the TV flips to Netflix and the popcorn popper does its thing. And all you had to do was ask.
Digital savant Omar Gallaga of the Austin American-Statesman’s 512 Tech has been writing about a new breed of businesses that’s helping people make their homes smarter. He says technology for controlling gadgets in your home has gotten much better in the past 18 months or so. That has turned hiring someone to install smart home gear, or buying a new tech-ready house into viable options.
What you’ll hear in this segment:
– Which homebuilders are including smart home connectivity in new construction
– What options exist for adding smart gear and connectivity to your existing space
– How to protect yourself from changes in technology