1. Drael646464's Avatar
    I see a lot of raving about how important this sector is to consumers, but also a very slow adoption curve and, for the most part (with a few exceptions) a lack of real value for the consumer market.

    VR, by comparison is faster growing, and for entertainment purposes the value of AR/VR is obvious (while the technology itself may have some way to grow).

    Most people can be bothered switching a light off and on. Or tapping/clicking a playlist. Or choosing a room temp. It's not like an entertainment remote where you are glued to the sofa, or a handfree set, where most people are multi-tasking. Worse, speech recognition is still pretty bad, and AI doesn't really do much that's more intelligent than a person for the most part yet.

    When both of those are better, sure, perhaps it has a use, as a general means of saving energy time for other things, for companionship and in situations where AI can handle a more complex task better than a human. The later two still offers a lot more, than an intelligently toasted bit of bread or a room leaping to life when you enter it, unless one is worn silly by daily activities to the point of mental breakdown.

    For commercial purposes of course IoT makes a lot of sense, even in the current early stages. Same with virtual assistants, and time saving technologies.

    I thought a hot take thread where everybody argues about it might be fun.
    10-02-2018 10:11 AM
  2. Pairadyce's Avatar
    I can't be bothered to find a use for VR/AR right now. It just doesn't fit into my routine. I have found that automatic lights and other things with additional Voice assistance to be highly useful and improve efficiency. I think the costs and complexity of rules-logic is the hurdle for consumers... Everyone's life is different so there isn't a one size fits all solution really
    10-14-2018 02:05 PM
  3. L0n3N1nja's Avatar
    Home automation and smart devices have a much bigger future than VR in my opinion.

    VR is mainly used for gaming right now, and AR has yet to see much use. They also both require more expensive hardware and tend to be something you are focused on.

    Mean while a smart device like Amazon Echo is inexpensive, and can be extremely useful with hands free operation while multitasking throughout the day.

    I also don't get your logic on the entertainment remote either. If I can't be bothered to get off the sofa to change a channel, why would I want to get up to adjust lights, fans, AC, open/close blinds, set a reminder, etc.
    10-15-2018 03:53 AM
  4. xandros9's Avatar
    Both yes and no.

    Sure, one can argue about laziness and all, but when it works well it can be pretty cool.

    My friend can tell her Google Home to turn on her bedroom lights, turn on her TV, start Netflix and start playing BoJack Horseman, play specific songs or playlists and even turn all those off again without ever getting out of bed and that's definitely something.

    I think it's like wireless charging. Some people don't see the point of it, but others see the convenience perks.
    10-15-2018 05:51 PM
  5. ochhanz's Avatar
    I think it's like wireless charging. Some people don't see the point of it, but others see the convenience perks.
    , wireless charging is handy when the usb port is broke :)
    10-16-2018 07:46 AM
  6. sxotty's Avatar
    I think it can have definite potential. The ability to set all the lights on for a specific task when you hands are full is useful. The ability to turn all the lights off and thermostat down when leaving the house is pretty nice. There are definite advantages. It allows things that used to be more complex like dimers and colored lights to be easily accessible.

    You can do all of this with the invoke quite easily and I think it is nice.
    10-21-2018 11:20 AM

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