The internet of things is making everything smart, stupid

So the latest thing to help users buy more things is Amazon Dash – a grocery tool that connects to users’ home Wi-Fi network and allows them to add items to their shopping list by simply saying it or scanning it.

“Say or scan items into your Dash, and then view the list on your desktop or mobile device to purchase and schedule delivery,” says Amazon on its website.

There’s more. “Dash is made to withstand busy households, so go ahead and grab it with flour on your hands to order more supplies,”

A March 2014 Gartner report estimates that the Internet of Things will include some 26 billion Internet-connected physical devices by 2020. By then, IoT product and service providers will also generate revenues worth $300bn, according to Gartner. $300bn!

IoT is already coming pretty thick and fast. There already are endless wearable devices and there are tools such as Hive — the British Gas project that helps you manage central heating remotely on your smartphone – or the connected egg tray that tells you how many eggs you’ve got left at home.

And driverless cars, connected washing machines, connected refrigerators are all not too far away.

Downtime can’t wait for a day when it can read the newspaper on its morning toast or when the cheese curls up back in the pack because there’s too much of it already in the lasagna or when it gets a Facebook friend request from a fridge.

But then again, when Downtime staff flew to the French Riviera for a tech event, their fit-bit read: “Today, you’ve run 1032 miles.” Connected washing machines? No thanks.

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