Technically Speaking


Written by Estero Bay News

September 11, 2020

The Real Meaning Of Smart Device

A term that gets used quite often in today’s technology conversations is “smart.” But, what does this mean and what does it have to do with intelligence? The word smart, in this context, simply refers to a device that may communicate to and/or from the internet. Examples of this are all around us: phones, televisions, home appliances, and even some toothbrushes, no we are not kidding.

There are also devices like Amazon’s Fire Stick, a smart device that can help an older, not-so-smart TV connect to the internet and utilize apps and streaming services provided they have an HDMI port and an active internet connection.

Why do we need these smart devices? Like much of today’s technology, the main reason is convenience. Your smartphone gives you instant access to any website or social media platform you could need at a moment’s notice. This could be used for something as simple as looking up the proper information for an argument you’re having or as complex as digitally signing secured documents. Personally we have been in both of these situations more than once!

Having a device or appliance that is smart may be convenient for the end user, but in most cases there are always strings attached to the manufacturer’s best interests. Be sure to read the fine print and terms of service before using your smart devices! You may be surprised about what you find!

Chad Crawford is the owner of QuickTech in Los Osos located at 212110th Suite #A. They can be reached at or (805) 806-0165.
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