This Christmas, something underneath the tree is bound to become connected after it’s finally unwrapped.
Experts expect 50 million connected devices to be sold during the holiday season this year. Light bulbs, coffee makers, thermostats, door bells, garage door openers and more have gotten quite the upgrade just in time for the holidays.
Last year, a box of light bulbs would have been considered as grand a Christmas gift as a lump of coal. Thanks to Philips Hue, light bulbs are actually pretty cool. Everything, and we mean everything is becoming connected. It’s not can a product become smarter, it’s when will someone make that product smarter.
When those packages, boxes and bags containing smart home solutions are unwrapped, there are plenty of considerations to make. You can’t just hand grandpa an Amazon echo and expect him to use it every day, or even know it does.
Here are some things to be aware of when gifting and receiving connected devices for the holidays.