Seven in ten Americans want a smart home so they can turn on lights, close garage doors and lock their back door from their bed according to survey data released Wednesday by Lowe’s. The other primary reason they want a smart home is because they want security cameras and monitoring, and 21 percent of them are willing to pay a monthly fee in order to get it. Half would rather get a DIY product.
While the data isn’t surprising, it’s a stark reminder that Silicon Valley’s envisioned smart home that anticipates your needs and offers proactive energy savings or even insights into your personal habits isn’t on the radars of mainstream America. Lowe’s, which makes a DIY smart home hub system called Iris, surveyed 2,088 people this summer to ask about what they want in a smart home (security at 50 percent followed by energy monitoring) and how cost factors into the decision to buy.
Surprisingly, they also found that while 24 percent of people older than 65 ranked ease of use as important to them in such a system, in the younger crowd (18-64) only 11 percent cared about that. Trust me, younger crowd, you’re going to want to revise that number up. Spending an hour on your smart home each week tweaking or just thinking about what to automate next isn’t exactly as riveting as Game of Thrones.
And finally, the Lowe’s survey also asked this:
Personally, I’m surprised people didn’t go for the flying car.