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Smart Home System
Who: Developed by
What: Smartthings is a voice command system that was made to make your life easier.
When: The company was founded in 2012 and bought by Samsung in 2014.
Why: It was created as a new lifestyle and to make daily activities easier for people.
Where: It is available for purchase online on the Smartthings website.
1.Your life just got a whole lot simpler with the new SmartThings app. When you are out, you can easily check on your house through your phone. The free app can give you notifications in case something is wrong.
You can customize your SmartThings to your personal liking. You can even program it to know when you will be away and when you will be back home.
The SmartThings app is also a safer way to live. It can become a “watchdog” for your home, allowing you to detect if there is possible dangerous activity.
What: Google Home is a new way to live. It’s a lifestyle that is taking the world by storm. You can easily ask it to help you by using voice command.
Where: You can purchase it online on the Google Home website.
Google Home Link
When: In June 2016, Google released the idea to the public. They released the product for purchase in November 2016
Why: It was created to make your life easier. Google Home can become your new personal assistant if you allow it to be.
Who: Developed by
One of the voice commands allows you to play music or podcasts through your Google Home.
Google Home would not be what it is without the Google function we see on our computers. Using the voice command, you can ask it questions like you would do through Google.
Google Home can become your new assistant. It can set your alarms and make sure that you take the right route to work so you don’t hit traffic.
If you would like, Google Home also has the ability to connect to specific lights and thermostats.
Amazon Alexa/Amazon Echo
Who: Developed by
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What: Alexa is Amazon’s new development to create a simpler lifestyle for all. It allows you to control your home through voice commands.
When: The initial release was in 2014
Why: It was made to create a simpler lifestyle for everyone using voice commands.
Where: You can buy it online on their website
Amazon Alexa Developer Link
When your alarm clock goes off, Alexa will schedule it to go off at the same time every morning. It can also do this with timers and manage your shopping lists.
You can customize Alexa to your liking (inside the system and out)
You can ask it to play music, podcasts and the radio through voice command.
Effects on the "Types of Industries"
Primary: The smart home system would not be considered a primary industry as it is a form of technology that is helping humans do less work. Although humans still have some control over what the system can do, it is making work easier for us.
Secondary: The smart home system could be considered a secondary industry because it was made by people and not machines. The product was designed and manufactured by humans to help people make their daily lives easier.
Tertiary: The smart home system could also be considered a tertiary industry because it is providing a service that will make people's lives easier. It is also being sold to people in stores.
Effects on the "Types of Economies"
Traditional: The smart home system would not be considered part of a traditional economy because it does not have to do with just the working of people or the working with agriculture/food.
Developing: The smart home system could be considered part of a developing economy because people work to create these products in factories. Although the product is technology based, people designed and manufactured it.
Developed: The smart home system could also be considered part of a developed economy because the workers are creating something that will provide a service and are involved in a job that works with technology.
Effects on people's lives
The smart home systems are time savers.
Google Home: One of the biggest effects on people's lives that the Google Home provides would be the fact that it has the popular search engine built into it,
. This is a positive effect on people's lives as it is now much easier to ask questions without having to go on your computer, which can be time-consuming. If you are walking out of your house in a rush to go to work, you can use voice command to ask your Google Home what route is best for you to take so you will not be late. If you had used a computer, you could have possibly been late to work.
Smartthings: Do you ever walk out of the house in a hurry and think you forgot to turn something off or check on something? A positive advantage of the Smartthings system is that it can help you with these types of situations through your phone. You can check if you locked the door, closed the window or turned off the lights. This can help you save so much time rather than having to go all the way back home.
Amazon Alexa/Amazon Echo: A positive advantage of the Amazon Alexa would be that the system can help you save time. Amazon Alexa can detect your daily routine. An example of this is that Alexa can take a note of what time you set your alarm at and continue to set it every day at the same time (unless you change it). This will save you lots of time in the morning and can make sure you don't forget to set your alarm the night before.
The smart home systems can help you save money.
Google Home: Another advantage that will affect people's lives is that The Google Home can help save people money. An example of this would be that the Google Home can easily connect to Netflix, Youtube, Spotify, Google Music etc. Instead of having to buy a bunch of different products, you can use one product that is compatible with everything. This will save people money in the long run.
Amazon Alexa/Amazon Echo: A positive advantage that will affect people's lives is that Amazon Alexa is run by the website
and it can help you find affordable prices. In the long run, this can help you save money on products as well as you can use it to find good travel deals. Just like the Smartthings system, Amazon Alexa can also make sure that all your lights and your electrical devices are turned off. This will also save you a huge chunk of money on your electricity bill.
Smartthings: A positive advantage that the Smartthings system provides is the capability of the technology through the app. Smartthings allows you to connect your lights and thermostat to your smart system so you can control them through your phone. If you forget to turn off one of your lights in your house, you can easily turn it off through your phone and save the money.
The smart home systems can help make with daily activities easier.
Google Home: There are hundreds of features on the Google Home system that make your daily life a little easier. The Google Home has a built in calculator, alarm, dictionary and timer. Those are just basics. The Google Home system can also help you make shopping lists, play your favourite music, watch your favourite shows and remind you of important events.
Amazon Alexa/Amazon Echo: The Amazon Echo/Alexa system has many features that are making everyday activities easier. You can connect your other smart devices to it and use the voice command to ask it to do things. Some examples of this would be telling your smart system to turn on your lights as you walk into the room or push down your toaster another time. All these features help make our daily routine a little easier.
Smartthings: The Smartthings system is a very helpful technology that is taking the world by storm in a positive way. When you wake up, the Smartthings system can start the kettle for you by itself. The Smartthings system can also tell if you are cold and automatically turn up the thermostat. All these little things help make your daily activities a littl easier
It's not another human: Although your system may have some similar attributes to humans, it's not actually a human. Money can't buy you happiness, just like the smart system can't help you feel less lonely.
Health purposes: Some smart systems can help clean your air or improve your health but one of the things that stay the same is that it can't cure sickness. If you have a cold, your smart system can help you relax and start the kettle for you but it can't actually get rid of your cold.
It's not a babysitter: The smart system can run through your surveillance cameras and can also tell you if kids are sneaking food from the cabinets but it is not a personal babysitter. You still will have to watch your kids.
The systems can easily get hacked: You may be wondering, why would anyone want to hack into my smart system? It is only connected to my lights and my doorbell. Although this may be the case, since your smart system is connected to your wifi, hackers can use that to get more personal information such as emails and even bank accounts. The smart home system is a pretty new development so this may improve as the product continues to develop, however, we can never be too sure.
The smart systems can get expensive: Although the smart home systems can save you money in the long run, they come with many different features, besides the hub, that you have to buy separately. This can get costly. Many people can choose not to buy the features but then the system does not work as well as it was intended to.
The smart systems can have access to your personal life: The systems are voice activated and have the ability to listen to your commands. If you are not careful, the hub can listen to your personal conversations. On some of the systems, there is a mute button on your hub for privacy purposes, however, you could easily forget that you have an extra pair of ears listening.