This Christmas, my mom was gifted her first smart home assistant - an Amazon Echo Dot. We spent lots of time getting it set up and messing around with all the features it has to offer. My favorite feature was definitely getting Alexa to play any song I wanted, therefore annoying my entire family with my constant control of the music we were listening to
We all started looking up ways that Alexa could help my mom around her house. Mainly getting smart plugs for her lights and simple things like that. She started to get excited about how useful this small device would actually be for her.
Maybe it’s just me, but this made me realize that 2019 definitely feels like the year of the smart home. There are commercials and advertisements everywhere telling us that our lives will be made easier with things like Amazon Echos, Google Homes, and so on. Although I personally don’t have any of these fancy devices in my own home, I am curious to see how they would fit into my day to day life. After chatting with some folks here around the office, it probably comes as no surprise that many people here at Republic have at least one type of smart home integration set up in their house, or even multiple. We’re all about the latest technology!
The more I talked with everyone, I started to wonder what the general consensus is on this topic as a whole. As someone who may be looking into getting myself a Google Home someday soon, I want to know more about some of the interesting things I could use it for.
So, with that I want to pose a few questions.
Do you have a smart home assistant?
If yes, which one(s) & what do you use it for?
If no, what are your reasons for not getting one?
Do you think smart home assistants are cool, creepy, or both?
I welcome any and all advice for making the best use of my future smart assistant! It’s probably about time for me to fully step into 2019 and join the smart home movement