Quick Tips: Push Those Buttons!

Quick Tips: Push Those Buttons!

These days, we're so used to the convenience of smart speakers and voice control, along with touch screens and apps, that we tend to forget that the original way to control the smart home was with physical controls. Multi-button control pads and wall controllers were commonplace years ago, but Apple, Google and Amazon want us to believe that everything will be voice controlled in the future. Well, I beg to differ.

Voice control is problematic: Yelling over your friends or the TV to make an adjustment to volume, lighting or your home's climate just doesn't make sense. And, there's no "muscle memory" with touch screens and apps, since the controls usually don't stay in the same place. Maybe I'm just old-fashioned, but I do believe that all three of these types of control have a place in the modern smart home, along with passive controls like sensors.

Now, if you're an avid reader of Smarter Home Life, you might think...where have I heard this before? Well it turns out, I wrote an entire piece on this about a year ago. But this year, I created a "Quick Tips" video on using physical buttons in the smart home, and I'll include that below. Otherwise, feel free to check out the linked piece above to go a bit more in-depth and for some product suggestions and links.

Disclosure: Fibaro provided "The Button" controller to Smarter Home Life for review purposes.

Home Sweet Smart Home

Home Sweet Smart Home

Google Assistant: New voices, multiple actions, improvements debut @ Google I/O 2018

Google Assistant: New voices, multiple actions, improvements debut @ Google I/O 2018