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Presented by:  Harbor Research, Inc.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017   •   9:10 am - 11:30 am   •   San Jose Room, Biltmore Hotel & Suites


Visions of the “Home of the Future” have been in abundant supply for decades now. Buckminster Fuller, the famous creator of the geodesic dome, was writing about the house as a “machine for living” as early as the 1930s. The “automated home” has been the dwelling place of futurist fiction characters since at least the 1950s, the subject of blueprints and schematics in Popular Mechanics and Popular Electronics, and a feature attraction at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City, where visitors were transported through the “Home of Tomorrow” complete with domestic robotics and the perennially imminent videophone.


The “Smart Home” has always had the potential to unleash unprecedented value for comfort and convenience as well as safety and security.  The sheer volume of manufacturers, service providers and tech companies addressing the residential arena is a testament to its potential. However, today’s smart home market remains fragmented with competing networking standards, a myriad of hubs that claim to control just about everything you can imagine in a home, and legacy entrenched technology from yesteryear focused on home security, energy, media services and well, you name it.


The term "smart" implies intelligent, but you wouldn't know it from today's home technology market - a fragmented landscape full of narrow point-solutions, time-sink gadgetry, entertainment obsession, and software/platform incompatibility. Because of this, the next wave of the "Smart Home" is still faced with significant roadblocks and barriers to adoption. 


Join Glen Allmendinger, President and Harry Pascarella, Consultant, from Harbor Research to discuss these ideas and what they mean for your business. The workshop will focus on the impacts of smart, connected technologies in homes, but there will be necessary extensions into other building types as some of the success factors that apply to homes will apply to all buildings. 


Workshop Speakers

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Glen Allmendinger
Harbour Research, Inc.

Harry Pascarella
Harbour Research, Inc.