I have had several calls and emails over the past week or so asking if I thought automation/smart homes/technology can help with the Coronavirus issue.
We have an old test we’ve done for years, where we have 3 pair of speakers connected to the same source. We start with the lowest quality pair of speakers and let customers listen to a few songs and different volume levels. Most respond something along the lines of “that sounds pretty good”. Then we switch to the mid-grade speakers. Typically, they respond, that’s a little better. But, it’s even more pronounced when we switch back to the low end speakers. Then the response is “WOW!”. Finally, we switch to the “best” pair of speakers and clients are usually awed by the clarity, levels and crispness of the audio. Switching back “down” to the lower quality speakers, shows a significant difference in quality. This is just one example of how side by side comparisons can be a wise decision when making purchases. What you don’t know, is still there.
During this time, Nest developed an API and allowed others to develop integrations for the Nest products. Since then, little has happened with Nest, but a few weeks ago, Google Announced it will be stopping Nest integration and incorporating it with Google Home. This effectively means to end of the current Nest Ecosystem.