Oct. 3, 2018 EAS Presidential Alert test
Aaron C. de Bruyn
aaron at heyaaron.com
Tue Oct 9 16:19:59 UTC 2018
On Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 9:19 PM Sean Donelan <sean at donelan.com> wrote:
> A company already made a combination smoke alarm/weather radio.
> Halo Smart Labs went out of business earlier this year.
Thanks for the link. :)
> A $120+ niche silicon valley product is great for the nerds. Whats the
> business case for everyone else?
I know plenty of non-nerds that live in tornado and hurricane-prone
locations in the US that could also use a nice fire alarm/CO detector
in their house.
> What's the business case for reaching 126 million households, with a
> product that is afforable or already part of something they already have.
Sure--I totally agree. But we don't build smoke detectors into our
cell phones because that's not a very good use case. And I'm not
aware of weather alerts being broadcast to cell phones without having
an app installed, and it's unreliable. (Although some already have
AM/FM radios in them...)
> More people own Amazon smart speakers than NEST thermostats. Amazon
> product people have told me there is no demand for emergency alerts in its
> Alexa product.
> Likewise, I've asked Google developers. They said the same thing about
> adding emergency alerts to their Google assistant product.
Maybe so. I never received a survey. Sounds like they just aren't
interested in developing a 'boring' feature.
> Fewer than 5% of households buy weather radios.
That's...surprising to me. Any chance the majority of those 5% are in
hurricane or tornado areas?
*wonders what smoke alarm coverage is*
> If you know that Google or Amazon plan to add emergency alerts to its
> smart assistant products, that would be great news. But so far, their
> product people have been very clear, they see no business case for
> supporting government emergency alerts on their "smart" products.
The only down-side I see to that is that my assistant products lose
power immediately when the grid fails. My smoke alarm is wired, but
it has a battery backup.
Thanks for the info.
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