Can a home be too smart for its own good?


Every month brings more Smart Home product announcements. As you might imagine, at Koncerted, we’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest technology and equipment. But more often than not, these new products seem to only work with themselves – not with what most people already have in their homes. This has the potential to create a stupefyingly confusing landscape for our clients. 

The term everyone is throwing around these days is “the Internet of Things” – meaning that we’re living in an era when everything in your house can be automated. Sounds appealing, doesn’t it? We all remember Rosie, the Jetsons’ robot maid. But we forget that Rosie was also automated. In fact, she was herself a computer. For the average human, being confronted with so much complexity is headache inducing – I need to remember how to do this with how many things? 

Who aside from a nerdy DIYer really wants to have to open 6 different applications to control the heat, turn off the lights, check in with the local weather station, and turn up the music? It’s one thing to appreciate the tech goodness each individual product may offer, but when you combine it with all of the other smart products in your home, it’s no wonder you feel a little punch drunk.

At Koncerted, before we recommend adding any new product, we first consider how it might fit a client’s lifestyle. To do so, we must understand how each client lives their lives. Are they a workaholic (like us)? Do they have kids? Where do they congregate in their home? What’s important to them? Which product features excite them the most?

Assuming the new product adds value and is a good fit, our next task is to figure out how we can make the client’s interaction with these umpteen devices less clunky and more intuitive – more tailored to the way they live. Doing this requires face time. Not the kind of face time you use on your phone. The kind that you have in person, face-to-face. 

At Koncerted, our goal is to pair great technology with good listening so we can create an easy-to-use interface that works for you and your home. We call these “scenarios”. Like “Time for Bed”, “Away on Vacation”, “Evening with the Kids”, “Mom & Dad Time”. These scenarios don’t require you to interact with 6 different pieces of smart technology but with just one button on your tablet, mobile phone or laptop that takes everything into account. Now that’s genius.
(Sorry Rosie.) 

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