Somewhere right now, my friend Grant Clauser is probably giggling. Because, yet again, someone in the mainstream media has written about home automation, and couldn’t resist the temptation of comparing it to The Jetsons. Seriously, we have a solid century or more of good science fiction to draw from — full of wondrous technology that’s trickling down into reality at an ever-increasing pace — and for some reason, anytime a newspaper covers smart home tech, they turn to Hanna-Barbera to drive the point home.
The latest offender is the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Catherine Laughlin, who — admittedly — thankfully doesn’t treat home automation like something that was invented just yesterday. She touches on the history of the custom channel, the fact that remotely controlling lights and locks and home entertainment at the touch of a button has been around for nearly three decades now. The point of the story is that, hey, you know all of that wonderful technology we in the media have been telling you is the coolest and brand-newest thing in the history of history for the past thirty years? Well, now even the middle class can afford it. And Laughlin even does a great job of talking about all of the reasons smart home technology is becoming more mainstream: affordable wireless technologies that make retrofit installations easier; the rise of smart, connected cell phones; telecomms and other providers offering subsidized or DIY home automation starter kits.
Which is cool. Really. Much of that same info formed the very foundation of my Control4 HC-250 review. But seriously, did she have to waste her deck and half of her lede talking about The Jetsons to get that point of cross?
And speaking of which, where is my freaking flying car?