Home automation for years has been the domain of home installers outfitting wealthy consumers with $10,000- $100,000 setups to control lights, home theater, security, air conditioning, and home audio. After many fits and starts, more mainstream home automation appears to be growing out of that rich niche as evidenced by all the DIY (do it yourself) products on the market. These are brands like Nest, Hue, Kwikset, Sonos, Korus, Dropcam, Honeywell, Yale, Iris, Insteon and Belkin that individually control you’re A/C, lights, locks, cameras, home audio, garage door, window shades, and anything with a plug. These new devices are great, but in aggregate when used at the same time actually create a new set of consumer problems which I want to explore in this column.
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