A study conducted by Clutch Co. disclosed that out of its 503 participants, 67 percent say they own smart home appliances, 35 percent own a wearable device, and 27 percent own virtual digital assistants.
But even with these smart features at their disposal, most users don’t identify them as an integral part of their lives. Only 36 percent say they depend on smart devices in their daily lives, whereas a majority – 64 percent – reported that they can accomplish their day-to-day tasks without their connected devices. Instead, the smart devices, especially those owned by 67 percent of participants, are being used independently, as “dumb” appliances without smart features.
According to Pavel Shlenok, CTO, R-Style Lab, a San Francisco-based development company, the reason behind this lack of smarts is a surprisingly simple one, it’s not a matter of compatibility, but a matter of convenience instead.
The study further reveals that 53 percent of survey participants say they aren’t planning to invest in a connected device in the next year, and only 14 percent plan to invest in a wearable device, and 9 percent plan to invest in a virtual digital assistant.
IoT’s success is predicated on sharing and formulating information between devices. Today with voice assistants integrated into almost every smartphone, it’s no surprise that 39 percent of people believe access to important information is the primary benefit of using connected devices. And with sharing information comes security consciousness, when more external parties have access to user information. This is also reflected in the study, as 40 percent of participants believe their data is being shared across multiple connected devices.
But, the good news is that IoT devices are becoming easier to use. 33 percent of IoT device owners say they encountered no issues with their devices, and in the group who experienced issues, 19 percent are related to network connections, 13 percent are related to maintenance and 12 percent are related to flat-out not using the device.