While new advancements from the IoT [Internet of Things] world often elicit 'oohs' and 'aahs', sometimes, they're not all that practical. (The refrigerator with a web browser from a few years back comes to mind, as does the browser equipped VW (this was before texting, but just as dangerous).)

Rob Chandhouk, president of smart sensor start up Helium, suggests the companies behind these products aren't really focusing on the problem they're trying to solve.

"Look at Samsung's new smart fridge, which they're marketing as the hub for your home. Do you think of your refrigerator as a hub?" he tells Fast Company.

This is also a main reason the smart home market hasn't taken off as quickly as many have expected. Consumers just don't see the problem with the light switches they're already using. The IoT world needs to look to solve problems that don't yet have solutions.

Helium sells smart sensors which measure temperature, pressure, light, humidity, barometric pressure, and other conditions. The sensors are designed to just be slapped onto the wall and then told what to sense in the room. There isn't another solution yet that measures these atmospheric conditions in homes or offices.

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