Until recently, the main functions that homes provided were trapping heat and acting as a barrier between rain and all your belongings. But now that the Smart Home Movement is underway, we have entered a Jetsons-like age where our houses (or devices that we keep in our houses, so they don't get rained on) can potentially do everything for us, from cooking to locking the door to turning on our air conditioners and also possibly spying on us.
In this week's episode of The Curbed Appeal, we sit down with Jake Kastrenakes, news editor at our sibling site The Verge, to discuss the allure of smart home products, the drawbacks that some of them come with, and the current state of the industry. The upshot: many of the products that are actually usable at the present time could make our lives considerably easier, or lazier, depending on your perspective. Jake's favorite one, for instance, is a lightbulb that turns itself on when the sun sets so that his girlfriend never has to come home to find him "just creepily on the couch in the dark." The future is bright, in more ways than one.
Of course, there are a lot of products that could legitimately improve our lives (and let's be honest—we all want those lightbulbs) so give the podcast a listen if you want to hear us talk all about what they are, whether you should get them, and why so many of them have women's names.
• Episode 7: Jake Kastrenakes [SoundCloud]
• The Curbed Appeal [iTunes]
• Home Tech coverage [Curbed]