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    I think the peak of home automation is the fridge light. It turns on exactly when I need it, off when I’m done. It doesn’t need firmware updates and doesn’t sell my private habits to the highest bidder. Everything else looks like a security risk, and at the very least, a maintenance hassle.

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      This is a big part of my motivation for CHERIoT: I can’t stop people connecting lightbulbs to the Internet, I can at least give them a platform for doing it securely and cheaply. If you eliminate the security issues of IoT things today, there’s a lot that I’d like to be able to connect.

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      I took a similar approach, though I used Home Assistant. We have the same three things: cameras, lights and temperature sensors. I haven’t felt much drive to add more after we got those set up with a little automation. Now some lights change with the sun and we get alerts when it’s time to open or close the windows and we can check on the pets.

      Part of my reluctance to at more is a lack of standards. There are four main link protocols, WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee and Z-Wave, on which sit hundreds of application protocols. Hopefully Matter helps here, but the implementation remains to be seen.

      We were recently looking at appliances and in between the high-end and low-end all the manufacturers seem to want to add WiFi. I’m not sure I really need my refrigerator or dishwasher connected to the internet…

      I’m hopeful for better automation, but I’m leaning towards simplicity for now.

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        Tech Enthusiasts: Everything in my house is wired to the Internet of Things! I control it all from my smartphone! My smart-house is Bluetooth-enabled and I can give it voice commands via Alexa! I love the future!

        Programmers / Engineers: The most recent piece of technology I own is a printer from 2004 and I keep a loaded gun ready to shoot it if it ever makes an unexpected noise.

        Security technicians: takes a deep swig of whiskey I wish I had been born in the neolithic.