In time, all foul things come forth.
The rate at which the smartphone has improved is far greater than that of any consumer electronics product. This leads me to wonder if it would be even sustainable to apply the same pattern of innovation to other products such as the smoke detector or thermostat. Will there be a new slimmer smoke detector every 12 months? One with a slightly better co2 sensor? Surely it doesn’t make sense to upgrade our smoke detectors as often as we would our phones? What about backward compatibility? Will a smart smoke detector that I buy today work 15 years from now? Will the software be relevant 3 years from now? These are just a few questions that we need to consider as we move towards a smarter home.
Originally posted this on my Quora blog, but I’ve reposted it here because I resent how they blur content to non-members.
The device is portable, the experience can occur almost anywhere; in a bed, on a toilet or while driving a car. The device is constantly moving in a persons hand, thus they must constantly adjust their focus and track the position of the phone in their hand and on their person. They will need to look away while they cross the road. The user will likely be distracted by notifications from other apps. The user will see something that they just, must photograph. The user will hit their data limit. The device will sometimes be in their bag. The device will sometimes be silent. The battery will die. The user will lose their device, and with it possibly all their data. They will, if you give them just one reason, delete your app.