Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University just unveiled the next generation of in home sensors that could lead to a fully “smart home.” These sensors do all the things that current sensors do, but in a whole new way that greatly expands their reach. Instead of just detecting if your light is on or off, they detect factors such as heat, light, magnetic properties and other qualities that would let it know if a light is on or off. This means that the sensors can basically sense anything that is happening in your home, and could be the first step towards your house knowing when you need more paper towels and ordering them from Amazon or WalMart online even before you notice you are low.
This is a great progression of technology but it is a little scary, simply because of how much data would be available to the general public. This would make hosting for the makers of these devices’ data very important. Not only would there be more data, but there would be more devices and a DDOS attack to your home would be very devastating. There have been way too many sci-fi movies where the computers controlling everything have gone wrong and ruined more than just the day of the main characters. For example, the researchers making this technology did not even want to put a camera on the sensors because of privacy concerns. Whoever takes this technology and makes it a commercial product is going to have to work very hard to address the security issues that it may present.
However, don’t let these warnings scare you off from trying new technology. It’s important to be open to trying new things, but make sure you and your data are protected by using smart and safe hosting and web services from National Net.