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SXSW Interactive 2015

Designing a Connected Home that Helps, Not Hinders

The everyday devices in our homes are becoming smarter than ever, ranging from automated lighting and door locks to remote home temperature control. However, controlling all these devices means that we now have an increasing number of apps, remotes, and set-up menus that we have to keep track of. At what point does smart home technology become more of a hindrance than a help?

In our session, we plan to discuss the elements of a connected home that are most useful, innovative and promising. This will include an analysis of how the connected home landscape is rapidly shifting to incorporate even more useful (and some not so useful) innovations. We also plan to discuss the rate at which the Internet of Things has progressed within the home, and how brands, such as Logitech Harmony, are harnessing the connected home so that our devices can work together intelligently.

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  1. What are the most promising advances in home automation and how might they progress?
  2. What are the major challenges faced by the home automation industry?
  3. How does product design influence usability when it comes to the connected home?
  4. How do we make our connected home devices work together intelligently?
  5. What needs to happen to take the connected home to the next level, i.e. for our connected devices to become truly integrated into our homes and daily routines?


  • Chad Thompson, Senior Director of Worldwide Marketing and Product Management, Logitech Harmony, Logitech
  • Todd Walker, Senior Manager of Product Marketing, Logitech Harmony , Logitech


Kelsey Sherman, Account Executive, Finn Partners

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  • Tags: internet of things
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: Design and Development
  • Level: Advanced
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