Parenting has always been simultaneously the toughest and most rewarding job. At the FamilyTech Summit we look at how technology is changing the shape of family life. On the plus side the technology is closing the generation gap, making it the norm for Grandma and Grandpa to be active contributors to an extended family life. Physical distances like work and school, or business travel all but disappear when a family can connect virtually. And, thanks to technology, family decisions are becoming less hierarchical with family members from tots to teens all having a vote on how life gets parsed. From buying a car, to taking a vacation, it’s pretty common for the gang to chime in using tech.
More than 90 percent of US households now have 3 devices pinging the Internet. The connected smart home lets families create a more sustainable, richer and informed environment than ever before. From your thermostat to your fridge, your vacuum cleaner to your door lock, as the number of connected devices we use grow, they can help insure that the homes of tomorrow will be safer and more efficient than those of today.