Amazon Echo and Google Home want to be frictionless… but are they?

Amazon Echo and Google Home want to be frictionless… but are they?

The idea of a ‘smart home’ has been around for some time. Far before any of us had the who-will-turn-off-the-light argument, engineers around the world were making our home lives easier and more convenient with dishwashers, refrigerators and clothes dryers; the forerunners of home automation.  

Yet it was only with the advent of the internet and IoT that the idea of a fully functional ‘smart home’ began to blossom. Suddenly, no one had to get up to turn off the light anymore – you could control as many devices as you wanted from the comfort of your armchair. Convenience was only limited by connectivity, so to speak.

Siri: Where has she come from, and where is she going?

Siri: Where has she come from, and where is she going?

You: "Hey Siri. Is Star Wars: The Last Jedi playing tonight in Mountain View, CA?"
Siri: "Yes. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is playing tonight at Century Cinema 16 in Mountain View at 8pm."
You: "Ok Siri, buy me 2 tickets please."
Siri: …