The virtual world of smart homes and smart home devices looks a little less bright and shiny in the wake of Nest founder Tony Faddell’s resignation last week. According to Washington Post's Hayley Tsukayama, Faddell’s stepdown follows a series of failures Nest has had to adapt to over the years. Google adopted the company into its ever growing tech-fam in 2014, throwing down $3.2 billion toward its new foster child’s tuition. But Nest’s SAT scores in smart home devices may not be up to par. Between faulty smoke alarms and heating software that forgot to “heat,” some customers of smart devices have decided to do away with the technology, according to a survey from Accenture.
Worry about security and hacking, frustrations with complicated interfaces, and fear that their possessions will become obsolete and no longer receive tech support, consumers have begun to move away from the realm of tech-savvy residences. The market for smart home devices teeters on the edge, but may regain balance after the unveiling of Amazon’s Echo and perhaps the mysterious and rumored Siri-in-a box.