How A Big Tech Collaboration Aims To Make Smart Home Gadgets Easier To Use

Apple, Amazon and Google are among the companies working on a standard for smart home products including light bulbs, door locks and thermostats.

By Shelly BrisbinJanuary 2, 2020 1:14 pm,

If you own any smart home technology – light bulbs, thermostats or door locks, to name a few – you have probably had to give some thought to how these gadgets work with one another … or don’t. Can you command the thermostat with your smart speaker? Do the lights in the bedroom and on the porch both work with a single app on your phone?

Tech expert Omar Gallaga says an alliance between the biggest tech companies is working to create smart home standards that should make it easier for consumers to buy with confidence.

“A lot of these devices just don’t work well with each other,” Gallaga says. “You buy one and you want it to work with this other thing, and you have to download multiple apps to get them all to talk to each other.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– Which tech companies are working on smart home standards

– How these standards could make it easier to automate your home

– Why Ivanka Trump has upset some in the tech community