What will the Smart Home of tomorrow be like? It is no secret, Amazon knows how to create a service people love. For outsiders, Amazon Prime tends to be that odd line between having to shop from time to time and really enjoying shopping all the time. When Amazon integrated entertainment into Amazon Prime, the number of users jumped.
The Kindle wants to be the perfect e-reader and many people who enjoy reading and do not own one, definitely want one. However, the trend with Kindle users is that they continue to buy new books, usually at a faster pace than before.
So, as a general trend, Amazon easily manages to motivate its users to do more of what they were doing in the past. It is how the company makes a profit these days, so it is understandable to want happy users.
Amazon has now equipped the Echo Dot, their stand-alone music player, and the Fire, their own tablet model, with Alexa. Alexa is Amazon’s personal voice assistant and still learning AI. Microsoft has Cortana, Apple has Siri, Google has Google Now, and now Amazon will have Alexa. And to make sure that the world gets to meet Alexa, Amazon is selling the Echo Dot and the 7” Fire for $50.
Realistically, getting either item for $50 is a huge deal in the case of users who want a music player for their home or a seven-inch screen tablet. However, if the almost scary trend of using Amazon devices and services is any clue to what is to come, then the world is definitely not prepared.
Amazon’s Smart Home
Throughout the development of the Smart Home, Alexa and all other virtual personal assistants and AIs like her, are going to be by our sides. They will learn about who we are and what we need. However, Alexa is not going to be our personal assistant. She is Amazon’s.
For any issue we might have, Alexa will first look to what Amazon has in storage and to what Amazon has to offer before even regarding other alternatives.
Amazon can afford to give out amazing tech for low prices because the company knows they will be getting back more, over time. It is how their business model works.
For Amazon fans and users, all of this is excellent. It features a higher level of integration with one of their favorite platforms. Nevertheless, it also takes away a certain degree of choice. Not much is known about the Smart Home of tomorrow, as many of the processes are still in development.
People assume centralized personal assistants will be helping us manage our daily routines faster and better. That may be the case but if a personal assistant will help us decide what furniture to use, what clothes to wear, what food to eat, and what shows to watch and if those offers will come from just a few corporations, is that going to be our smart home or theirs?