Smart home technology, except it all runs on a local server and doesn't need to connect to the Internet unless I explicitly want it to do so (for things like getting the weather and playing music, I guess).
My impression (mostly from reading free software bloggers), is that it's probably best to stay away completely from #SmartHome technology for the next decade or so. Terrible security and privacy risks, lack of standards, etc.
I would like to speak to my house and have it dim the lights; but I've lived without that so far. For you, @ink_slinger, what do you see as the most desirable smart home feature?
@mpjgregoire I mostly don't really need or even want most home automation stuff (though I do have a Nest thermostat), but being able to have voice control for music and lights would be convenient. But, like you, I've lived fine without and it's honestly a fairly minor convenience that's not worth the privacy/security trade-off.
Similarly, I would never buy a baby monitor that needs to connect to the internet, as convenient as it might be to check in on my phone.
@ink_slinger @mpjgregoire Personally I have a bunch of Google Home Minis around my house to provide music everywhere (although I have better speakers in the major rooms) but I have them all currently with their mics toggled off. I also do have some smart lights, the Philips Hue ones, but it's not a matter of controlling them with my voice; I have them due to the simple fact of then being able to dim or color-shift any of those lights.
@mpjgregoire @ink_slinger @keithzg That is literally why I bought those as my "smart" (ie. for my purposes dimmable and color-tunable) bulbs when I bought them late last year! From his analysis of the options out there they seemed like the least questionable option both practically and security-wise.
Lot of interesting stuff on Garrett's blog; https://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/11235.html is a classic tale, if you haven't read it.