A smart home for the holidays?
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Talking about the big trends in consumer technology as we head into the holiday shopping season. And it appears that the smart home is finally a thing for a lot more people in two thousand seventeen almost twenty five million smart speakers were sold, according to the consumer Technology Association. So far this year nineteen million more smart speakers have already shipped and holiday shopping has just begun. And once these gadgets are in a house they can act like a gateway drug people buy more connected devices. So they can have Alexa, or Google control everything in the house. Rich Brown is an executive editor at c net reviews, covering appliances, and smart homes. He said this year smart devices are migrating into the kitchen now that WI FIS a little bit more ubiquitous, and that frankly that technology's better on on the side there may be a little more for real. You know, I'm not sure how many people are actually using these voices systems. To help out in the kitchen beyond basic stuff like set a timer or make a shopping list, but we have found that the recipe function with Google speakers. Especially in the Google smart. Displays is actually really good. Like the way it responds to your voice commands is actually pretty intuitive or it can pause when you're working through a recipe can pick up where you left off when you resume the conversation is actually very a very natural way to work with the machine to make something in the kitchen. What about the the privacy debate are seen it users coming and saying, okay, sure. But I'm only going to buy the one that doesn't have a camera built in all the time privacy is huge. And that's probably the thing we hear about most and reader comments. Right. So the Facebook portal video chat device that one. I mean, come on Facebook put that out there. I'm not sure what they were hoping for. But anybody who's sort of predicted that there would be a lot of consumer resistance, and the reviews would be critical given Facebook's own privacy issues me, I think they call that one. Interestingly Google has that that can. Free display like all the home hub that just put out a month or two ago. And that one has all the functions of the other smart displays, but no camera. But you know, the privacy concerns, we only have these companies for the most part at their word in terms of what they do with your data, and how will they protect it. So it's leap of faith for consumers for sure. How about some of these other sort of nascent parts of the smart home, like smart locks is that something that is appealing to the mainstream. Consumer or does it just mean, you're also giving tech support along with your gift? Yeah. I would be really wary about giving anybody a smart lock as a gift unless you're you're pretty good at installing that kind of thing. If you're thinking about other smart, home, stuff, smart security, and smart cameras. Those are pretty popular as a category in general, and the cameras are really pretty easy us kind of plugged them in get them on the internet. And then you can view it over your phone. There's no real installation that needs to go unless you want to attach to a fixed point on your wall or something. You know, it sort of depends on how much screwdriver time you want to take on or how ready you are to hire. A contractor to come in for somebody. Rich Brown is an executive editor at c net reviews. We'll be looking at more tech categories was seen it editors as the week goes on tomorrow. We're talking TV's the price drops that are a disaster for manufacturers. But great news for consumers. Keep up with all our coverage by subscribing to the marketplace tech podcast wherever you get your pods. I'm Molly would and that's marketplace tech. This is a PM. This marketplace podcast is brought to you by. 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