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Holiday season looms for smart homes, alongside lawsuits and bundles

The European Smart Home summit was an event that let Riot do an awful lot of thinking about the smart home, fostered by two days of very interesting discussion. With operators and developers present, there were some common concerns and themes present – and an expectation that now might finally be the time for the smart home to take off. A full exploration of that event will be published next week, but while chairing a panel, the distinction of ‘gadgets vs. services’ was brought up – with many seeing the early adopter momentum as a flash in the pan and the provision of Smart-Home-as-a-Service (SHaaS) from operators, utilities, or insurers as the vehicle that really drives growth in the smart…

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