Cover photoHow to Fix the Smart-Home Market

By Stacey Higginbotham

The smart home is broken. For the last four years entrepreneurs and consumer electronics companies have been investing in internet-connected devices controlled by a smartphone that could do everything from manage your air conditioning bill to cook your food. But so far, consumers haven't bit on the technology. Popular home analyst group Parks Associates predicted in January that more than 40% of broadband-connected homes in the United States planned to buy a smart home device by the middle of this year. However, as of the middle of this year only 20% of U.S. broadband-connected homes had a smart device.

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