Thinking about setting up a digital home for me is becoming a reality instead of a concept. And I honestly have this job to thank for it. I have to admit, I'm a bit lazy. After working all day, playing with my son and getting him down for the night, all I really want to do is sit and watch whatever I have recorded on my PVR.
My first real experience with a digital home was three years ago at CES. At the show I sat down and watched a sales presentation at one of the many booths. This opened my eyes to the idea of what a digital home could do for me. I remember the presenter asked me why I did not have a digital home installed already. I answered because there was no time. The answer he was looking for was that it was too expensive.
Here we are, three years later, and at least I am one step closer to a digital home. But aside from the time, which I have convinced myself I am going to dedicate, I am now looking at the other aspect the cost.
when I met with Trivista earlier this week to talk about digital homes, they told me about the Smart Home Promo System they are offering right now for $2000. Without knowing much about prices in the market I am not sure what to make of this. On one hand I know that a digital home is not going to cost the same as simply going down to Home Depot and buying a few light switches and replacing them. But on the flip side, with the way the economy is going, can I really justify an expense of this nature.
I have received a few e-mails from people that have implemented their own digital home systems. For example Rob sent me a link for his home monitoring site http://bedichek.org/home/. I have not had an opportunity to talk to him fully about the trial and tribulations for creating such an impressive system, but he did comment that it usually takes a back seat to other projects, so it has taken a long time.
What about other people out there? Have you tried to put a system into place? What was your initial idea? How long did it take and what was your estimated cost to get it up and running?
I could be wrong, but I think I am typical for this industry. I am someone that has heard of it, and I understand what it offers, but not sure if I want to take the leap because it can be a bit of a scary unknown.