The falling price of mobile device parts, combined with the tidal wave of money flowing into the tech sector, has led to an unprecedented rise in the number of internet-connected devices you can buy for your home. There are now smart toothbrushes, smart cutting boards, smart aquariums, and smart fart detectors. (Yes, really.) Basically, if you can stuff a chip and a low-power Bluetooth module into a home appliance, someone in Silicon Valley is making it.
Some of these connected devices are clever, and maybe even useful. But many of them are ill-conceived, overpriced, and ultimately useless. “Do I really want to check a bar-graph infested dashboard of my weekly eating activity?” wrote the Wall Street Journal‘s Christopher Mims in a column about the overload. “And what about the fact that every smart object I add to my life means one more device to keep charged?” These objects are…
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