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Cheeky Vivint Smart Home Video: How Automation Eliminates ‘Crappy Jobs’

Just like the elimination of the (hypothetical) human toilet-seat warmer, Vivint smart-home systems can replace the homeowner's "series of crappy jobs you do for free."

Cheeky Vivint Smart Home Video: How Automation Eliminates ‘Crappy Jobs’
A cheeky new video from Vivint Smart Home imagines a world before home automation, when humans warmed toilet seats themselves. The security and IoT giant says it can replace those "crappy jobs" you do for yourself.

Julie Jacobson · January 24, 2018

Remember that long-ago era before we had automatic toilet-seat warmers ... when human sit-ins would warm the throne before the master took his place? Neither do we, but Vivint Smart Home takes witty aim at such manual tasks of yesteryear.

In a cheeky new marketing video, the security and home-automation giant says its services can replace "your job as a homeowner, which is actually a series of crappy full-time jobs you do for free."

The company runs through its litany of IoT offerings, including video doorbells, smart thermostats, electronic door locks, remote monitoring, life-safety systems, text notifications and the ability to turn yourself into a "demigod" through voice control.

"And you can have all that for less than the cost of a smart phone," the father of the house explains, tucking his device into a front pocket. "At least a smart home won't make you sterile."

The father then pauses, chuckles and yanks the phone out of his pocket, at which point Vivint misses a prime product-placement opportunity for Spartan High-Tech Boxers, which "protect your nuts from cellphone waves." 



  About the Author

Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at jjacobson@ehpub.com

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Control & Automation · Automation · Lighting · Whole House Control · Security · Cameras · Keypads & Control Devices · Surveillance Systems · Monitoring · News · Business · IoT · Marketing · Slow News Day · Vivint · All Topics
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Comments

Posted by Jason Knott on January 25, 2018

Hilarious. Must watch!

Posted by Steve Hoge on January 25, 2018

I was literally LOL - brilliant!  (Especially liked the competitor’s demo of lighting control with a smart phone.)  I wonder who’s their agency?

Posted by Steve Hoge on January 25, 2018

I was literally LOL - brilliant!  (Especially liked the competitor’s demo of lighting control with a smart phone.)  I wonder who’s their agency?

Posted by Jason Knott on January 25, 2018

Hilarious. Must watch!