One concern that has come up over and over again whenever Android apps are concerned is the issue of security. The hands-off approach adopted by Google when it comes to application security means that all apps on the platform have equal rights and the same goes for the bRight switch. This means that a hacker could just as easily access and re-programme your home unit by simply hacking into your phone with the help of malicious apps.
I think the best part about the bRight switch is the fact that you can program or reset the switch remotely from outside the house. This is very convenient for individuals who work odd hours or have irregular schedules that can change at any time. The ability to control the electrical systems in your house and even program them remotely means that they are always going to be in control of everything regardless of their specific location at the moment.
Not only is Naperlou correct, but in addition installing the devices to replace regular switches and outlets will be very expensive. In Birmingham Michigan one must have a licensed electrical contracter replace an outlet or switch, as well as getting a permit. So changing one outlet would run $45 for labor and $50 for the permit. That does not include the price of the device being installed. So just like all of the other "smart house" dreams, it will be costly, and it will not deliver enough benefit to be worth the price.
REally, the "next big thing" needs to be something that has a much higher benefit to cost ratio.
Elizabeth, this is the wrong way to go. Many smart systems today utilize a phone or PC (more often the phone) to communicate and provide control. That is the right way to go. Literally 20 years ago we were shown a similar device by Honsywell. This is always going to be much more expensive that putting an app on a device you already own and count on.
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