About Me

Zak, the owner and founder of Smart Geek Home, holding an Amazon Echo

Hi, I’m Zak, and I am obsessed with smart home tech.

I started Smart Geek Home to fuel my obsession and interact with a community of Smart Home Enthusiasts.

But why should anyone care what I have to say?

I could tell you about my Computational Chemistry PhD, my time spent writing about network security, or my 8 years of experience working in tech and analytics.

But those don’t get to the core of the question. (If you really want all that, find me on LinkedIn)

Let me tell you about my smart home journey.

I grew up watching Star Trek, Stargate, and a whole lot of other Sci-Fi shows.

I wanted every piece of technology from those shows, but most of all I wanted the simple tricorder.

You see, the tricorder represented the ultimate in simplicity and convenience. It was a tiny machine that provided an interface to a virtually unlimited supply of sensor data and automation.

Now, we have motion sensors, light sensors, contact sensors, and a whole lot of other tricorder-like tech powering the automation in our smart homes. It’s an exciting time!

Alexa, Google Home, and the other smart home hubs are quickly catching up to the power of the Star Trek computer.

We have voice-activated communications, cameras that follow our faces, and so much more.

This is the dawn of the sci-fi age.

At least it will be once we figure out how to make automation convenient. Right now, it’s not easy to build a robust home automation system.

Sure, experts can do it, but I want a world where any person, no matter their tech skills, can turn a regular house or apartment into a smart home.

That’s my journey and my drive.

That’s the dream of Smart Geek Home.

The articles here are involved enough for experts, but they are simple enough for beginners. This is a place for everyone who dreams of automating their life—anyone who wants the convenience and safety that smart home tech can offer.

On this site, I’ll talk about the pros and cons of smart home tech, including privacy concerns and integration issues. I’ll offer step-by-step guides and detailed primers.

I’m not here to try to win you over to one brand or another, although I will offer opinionated buying guides when I think they are warranted.

I don’t care if you use Mac, Windows, or Linux.

If you’re looking for a space place to dip your toes into smart home tech, this is it.

If you’re ready to hone your smart home skills and knowledge, this is it.

Beginners and experts alike are welcome.

Let’s discover the future together.

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The publications Smart Geek Home has been featured in: CNET, Wikipedia, Lifewire, Apartment Therapy, Cert Simple, Wifi Hifi, Pip's Island, and My Dream Haus.