The problem with smart homes, summed up in two tweets about an iKettle by Joon Ian Wong

Imagine getting out of bed to find a freshly boiled kettle of water awaiting you, calibrated to perfect tea-brewing temperature. That’s what the iKettle 2.0 promises its users—which is great, except when you run into technical difficulties, as Mark Rittman did this morning:

Still haven’t had a first cup of tea this morning, debugging the kettle and now iWifi base-station has reset. Boiling water in saucepan now. pic.twitter.com/lC3uNX5WTp

— Mark Rittman (@markrittman) October 11, 2016

3 hrs later and still no tea. Mandatory recalibration caused wifi base-station reset, now port-scanning network to find where kettle is now. pic.twitter.com/TRQLuLzLpx

— Mark Rittman (@markrittman) October 11, 2016

Boiling water in 2016.

Boiling water in 2016.

A simple task achievable with analog tools, needlessly complicated by a digital equivalent—that’s the problem with the Internet of Things and “smart homes” (and it’s neatly encapsulated in the Twitter account known as Internet of Shit, which shared the above tweets).

Achieving a smarter smart home is something that’s being relentlessly pursued by the world’s biggest tech companies. In the meantime, it might be time to stock up on


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