Poll: What “Smart Home” Devices Do You Have or Want? (check all that apply)

What "Smart Home" Devices Do You Have or Want? (check all that apply)

  • learning thermostat (e.g. Nest) (19%, 6 Votes)
  • smart locks (e.g. Goji or August) (16%, 5 Votes)
  • smart LED bulbs (e.g. Philips Hue) (16%, 5 Votes)
  • smoke / CO alarm (e.g. Nest Protect) (13%, 4 Votes)
  • smart water sensors (e.g. Wally) (10%, 3 Votes)
  • smart outlets (13%, 4 Votes)
  • other sensors (e.g. CubeSensors, etc.) (10%, 3 Votes)
  • None of the above. It's all silly. (3%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 9

This poll was active 11.09.2014 through 11.15.2014

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  1. 1

    I have a few of the timer wall switches, because they work a lot better than most photoelectric sensors, and are more versatile (e.g you can have them shut off at a certain point in the night). They are not all that “smart” but they do automatically adjust for DST and sunrise/sunset, so they’re pretty low maintenance. On a cloudy morning or even a very heavy rain I’ll see other outside lights controlled by photoelectric sensors which are on, wasting energy, even though it’s clearly light out.

    The Nest thermostat is the stupidest idea ever! Being connected to the Internet isn’t necessarily a bad idea (although it has some downsides), but the idea that a thermostat should learn is stupid. I had my dad over this weekend. Should my thermostat now think that I want the house warmer on weekends? Even turning down the heat can be a bad idea if you’re not away long enough. The Nest should be called an energy wasting thermostat.

  2. 2
    wreckingbull says:

    The most useful device I know is not on this list – a couple of well-placed, outdoor IP security cameras. Gives peace of mind, even if you live in a safe place. Being able to check on the home while away on a business trip is nice. I use the open-source Zoneminder project to monitor and persist the video. Not perfect, but gets the job done and the price is right.

  3. 3
    Blurtman says:

    We’ve got a couple of Omnicorp ED-209’s. Had to re-calibrate them after that incident with the neighbor’s dog, but they work well.


  4. 4
    The Tim says:

    RE: Blurtman @ 3 – Nice. :)

    I actually was tempted by these (which are real): http://realsentrygun.com/

  5. 5
    ChrisM says:

    I think they’re a security nightmare. At the least, change your default passwords:

  6. 6

    RE: ChrisM @ 5 – Everything is a security nightmare if you don’t change your passwords, particularly routers.

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