A digital brain for the home might reveal just how unintelligent our smart home devices really are

Let’s say you come home from work or from a night out and you want to turn on a smart light. When you arrive, you face your first problem. Instead of simply turning on a light switch, you need to get your phone out, find the necessary app on your home screen, configure it, find the right setting—and let’s not forget none of this is even possible if your battery is dead.

Fumbling around with one piece of technology to control another piece of technology can create obstacles that were not there before—negating the need for the technology in the first place. Accessing menus, screens and codes can be difficult when applied to true-to-life scenarios. But, some believe the experience of contending with the smart home could be and should be as smooth as silk.

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