“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
Home automation has followed the same arc. As a raw technology, home automation presented early adopters with a number of challenges. In terms of usability, these often centered around gaining familiarity with a pile of dissimilar controls, each speaking its own command “language.” Inevitably, usable functionality was sacrificed, as even the most avid do-it-yourselfers were forced – often in self-defense – to settle for limited subsets of each system’s full capability.Subsequent efforts to unify control came at a price. One-stop solutions, where all home automation components and accompanying control came from a single vendor, were popular but expensive. The proprietary controllers alone could cost thousands to purchase, program and maintain. And the systems were unforgivingly restrictive, allowing users to select only components from a catalog of that vendor’s own products.
The true custom integrations that followed allowed customers to assemble best-of-breed solutions (i.e., audio from one vendor, lighting from another, etc). They were effective, but required increasing amounts of custom (and, therefore, predictably expensive) programming to configure, deploy and maintain.
Once again, evolution from raw technology to product maturity makes all the difference. From the dealer’s perspective, ClareHome provides tools that allow far greater efficiency in the system configuration and deployment processes, integrating the components tightly under simple and unified control, without custom code.
The greatest benefit, however, belongs to the user: you now control your systems from your iPad, simply by indicating what you want to do, without having to calculate and execute a step-by-step technological flight plan on how you plan to achieve it. Like your car and your computer, you can now enjoy the full benefit of your home automation solution without having to interact with – or even see – much of the underlying technology.