There’s a gadget for just about everything these days. Virtual assistants, smart sprinklers, and even a Wi-Fi pause button — they’re all real-world devices featured in the newest edition of Living Safer magazine. But the issue doesn’t just list the latest in James Bond-worthy gadgets. It’s full of tips for using and integrating them to custom-fit your lifestyle.
For one, this Living Safer gives the perfect nutshell explanation of the “Internet of Things” (IoT), a concept that has been peppering feature news for a while. Bryan Silver explains that IoT “is quicking transitioning from a ‘what if?’ to a ‘what next?’ state of existence. Much like the digital space we all know as the Internet, the [IoT] is a network — only it’s one made up of physical elements: including devices, gadgets, appliances, and vehicles that are equipped with network connectivity or … supplement other connected devices.” This is the concept that voice-activated virtual assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home are centered around.
Of course, there are a few factors families should consider when adding smart home devices to their lives. Parental controls is a big one. Last year, we talked about the growing popularity of smart home devices and concerns over their risks around children. We all likely remember the story about a six-year-old girl from Dallas who ordered four pounds of sugar cookies and a $160 doll house from Amazon after having a casual conversation with the family’s Amazon Echo. It must have seemed like magic for her, but not for her parents when they saw the unexpected charge to their account.
We welcome you to check out this issue of Living Safer and pass it on to anyone who might find it helpful. While you’re here, drop us a note in the comments if you have any smart devices of your own. How have they impacted your life?
About John Bair
John Bair has guided thousands of plaintiffs through the settlement process as co-founder of Milestone Consulting, LLC, a broad-based settlement planning and management firm. Milestone’s approach is comprehensive and future-focused. John’s team has guided thousands of clients by taking the time to understand the complexities of each case. They assess the best outcome and find the path that enables each client to manage their many needs. Read more about Milestone Consulting at http://milestoneseventh.com/.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).