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The problem with smart homes, summed up in two tweets about an iKettle

A volunteer takes a kettle from a bonfire near the remote village of Budy
Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko
Sometimes basic is better.
  • Joon Ian Wong
By Joon Ian Wong

Technology Reporter

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

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:

Mark Rittman/Twitter
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 firewood.

📬 Kick off each morning with coffee and the Daily Brief (BYO coffee).

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