Home Sweet Smart Home
Have I become too reliant on home automation? Am I spoiled by it? Even while on a quick weekend getaway up to the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, AZ, I felt strange not having convenient control of the environment of the hotel room where I stayed. Do I need to join a support group?
Now, granted, it was actually a one-bedroom suite, time-share kinda place (thanks to awesome friends)…so there many light switches, a digital thermostat, media devices, many curtains, the list goes on. I naturally found myself trying to use voice commands, attempting to pull up some sort of control app on my iPhone and looking for my usually-handy wall-mounted keypads.
Walking through the place turning off lights manually when leaving or going to sleep? Needing to set the fan speed by pulling a chain? No dimmers on any lights? No "whole-suite" audio? No ability to check on security sensors in the suite? (Ok, that one might be a stretch.)
What’s unusual is that I don’t recall having those “automation cravings” a few months ago when I was in Las Vegas for CES. Perhaps it was the tech deluge and the minimal amount of time I spent at the Airbnb up there? This time, I was in a nicely-appointed suite that I spent a bit more time in, and wasn’t under any stress. So perhaps that was it.
I also found myself semi-regularly checking on my home through the various apps that connect back to my systems and devices, as if I was almost expecting them to malfunction or my “Away Mode” routines to go haywire. (I had been modifying some routines connected to “Away Mode” quite extensively recently, but aside from a minor glitch with thermostat control, everything functioned just fine.)
When I did arrive back home, I was “mildly overjoyed” to once again be able to control my environment and activate music playback, lighting and climate control with my voice or simple push buttons. And over the next few hours, I easily reverted back to my usual control of my home through automations and controls…a stark difference from the wholly-manual controls at the resort in Sedona.
So, have I become “too automated?” Too reliant on all of this smart home technology? Perhaps I need to get away from my smart home more often and see what happens.
Have you experienced any of the above? Leave a comment and let me know!