Smart Homes vs. The Clapper
from the who-wins? dept
Reuters is running an article talking about the future of home automation and comparing all of it to the Clapper, which they say is still the state of the art in home automation for one reason: it’s easy to use. Clap on. Clap off. No cables. No settings. No configuration. No synching. Just plug in, clap on, clap off. The various universal remotes today are very complcated, and often add to the confusion rather than solve anything. It’s a somewhat amusing article, but the fact is that if you’re trying to design something that controls many different objects and has multiple purposes, the level of complexity for the user is going to increase. There’s really no way around that. This doesn’t mean, of course, that usability shouldn’t be looked at – but comparing it to the Clapper seems a bit extreme.