The Rise of Home Tech
Gadgets and smart devices have been around for awhile, but recently their popularity has grown. An example of this is the Nest Cam Outdoor, which can distinguish the common passing animal from a human trying to get into your house.This is extremely useful for anyone with a dog. They would have a very hard time keeping the dog away from a normal camera to prevent it from triggering an alarm. Another device that has been pioneering smart-gadgets is by yet again, Amazon. Recently they release their Amazon Echo, the predecessor for the Echo Dot, a smaller version of their revolutionary first release. These devices can turn on lights, lock doors and more just by saying “Alexa”. One of these devices is the smart refrigerator. The refrigerator hasn’t had an upgrade in a good long while, and the new internet refrigerator, which while shopping you can look in it for missing items. Between all of these gadgets, we should all already have smart homes, right? Wrong.
The Future of Home Technology
Now, while we all love the gadgets we have now, what will be coming in the future? Well, the first thing we have to look forward to is Amazon Air coming to the U.S. Hopefully soon the drones will be legally able to operate away from the line of sight of an operator, allowing the drones to work as they do. Unfortunately, the future could possibly not be so bright for home technology. In order to function, the Amazon Echo needs to be constantly listening for the keyword “Alexa” to activate. A recent case in Arkansas called for the recordings on the suspect’s Amazon Alexa. Amazon objected, and experts are concerned that if the investigators get the recordings, that would put a scratch in people’s privacy. Ryan O’Leary of WhiteHat Security says “It doesn’t capture voice until it hears the keyword, but it could. You’re trusting the devices to not to that, but it’s entirely possible.” No one knows what the future holds, but no matter what, companies like Amazon will be forever changing our lives with technology.
Whether it be a smartwatch, or an Amazon Alexa, home technology is everywhere and is advancing with every passing day. However, the question you need to ask yourself is, are you going to support the future? I know I will.