Monday, May 25, 2015

Why the DIY smart home revolution won’t work

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is seemingly everywhere – from home improvement to healthcare. The DIY Network is an entire television channel devoted to projects you can do yourself. When a simple search can find pages of Pinterest projects for every room in your house and day of the year, the allure and growth of DIY feels endless.

As DIY-thinking has been injecting itself into industry after industry, we’ve also witnessed the rise of smart devices and the connected home. According to Parks Associates, 16 percent of U.S. broadband households currently own a connected home device, and nearly 40 percent plan to buy one this year. According to Gartner, by 2022 the typical home could contain more than 500 smart devices.

Nearly every day another home appliance and gadget manufacturer touts its products as ‘DIY,’ and as a result, many consumers are embracing the romantic notion of a DIY smart home – self-installed one device at a time.

From the article "Why the DIY smart home revolution won’t work" by Martin Plaehn.

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