I like the Amazon key idea, but the kit is kind of expensive for me at the moment. Why? Just only for one front door and it’s $249.99. Although I understand why it’s cost so much because the installation is going to be free and you get a camera with the package. The camera would allow the recording sessions to be automated whenever a delivery is made by Amazon’s delivery guys. I’m not sure if the camera recording session would also activate whenever someone opens the door when you’re not home because this would also be cool. I think Amazon needs to up the ante by allowing the Amazon key kit to cover both back and front doors before I think it’s a good deal. Also, I hope that Amazon key kit could be connected to home alarm system if you already got one. That would be really convenient because you can then deactivate your alarm system from afar (i.e., remotely done).
Oh, by the way, the Amazon Key cameras should also allow you to shut them down for good unless you need them to be turned on. This way you won’t have to worry about Amazon is monitoring you at home. I think many people are paranoid when it comes to being monitored by a corporation, business, government, and whatnot through a remote camera. So, Amazon, you need to provide a way for people to control the cameras from monitoring them. Furthermore, what will happen if a hacker is able to take over Amazon key cameras? The answer should be obviously bad!
Closeup of a stone sign bearing the Microsoft logo in gold letters at an entrance to Microsoft's Redmond campus at the intersection of 40th St and 159th Ave. Taken in April 2005 by Derrick Coetzee, who releases all rights to the work and releases it into the public domain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Microsoft is developing a new operating system which strives to make your home environment smarter. As now, Microsoft named this new operating system as HomeOS. The video which I will post within this blog post will demonstrate some of the applications that HomeOS is capable of. Within this very video, the speaker brings up the point that we have all the ingredients of making a home environment smarter today, but the idea of making smart home environment has not yet caught fire since there isn’t a solution that can save the homeowners time and money in deploying smart home environment. For instance, if you want to have a smart home environment today, you must have deep knowledge of how to piece together various technologies and this costs time and money since doing research on these new technologies can cost time and new technologies often come with expensive price tags — getting down and dirty to install these technologies can also cost time. Microsoft strives to bring smart home environment to homeowners the easy way through HomeOS. Nonetheless, we cannot yet know if HomeOS will be a common product of the future which in itself will drive the growth of spidery web of smart home products. For all we know, Microsoft might just let HomeOS stays as a concept. Anyhow, please check out the video right after the break to see what might be the home of the future through the use of HomeOS technology from Microsoft.
Afterthought: Let just hope smart home technology will emphasize on energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.