The problem with smart homes, summed up in two tweets about an iKettle – Quartz
Imagine getting out of bed to find a freshly boiled kettle of water awaiting you, calibrated to perfect tea-brewing temperature. Thatâ€™s what the iKettle 2.0 promises its usersâ€”which is great, except when you run into technical difficulties, as Mark Rittman did this morning:
A simple task achievable with analog tools, needlessly complicated by a digital equivalentâ€”thatâ€™s the problem with the Internet of Things and â€œsmart homesâ€ (and itâ€™s neatly encapsulated in the Twitter account known as Internet of Shit, which shared the above tweets).
Achieving a smarter smart home is something thatâ€™s being relentlessly pursued by the worldâ€™s biggest tech companies. In the meantime, it might be time to stock up on firewood.
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