Smart Homes, Dumb Ideas
from the how-many-SMS-messages-does-it-take-to-change-a-lightbulb dept
For years, we've been hearing about smart homes with additional sensors that will make your life easier. However, so far, the various ideas all seem... underwhelming. Stories of internet connected fridges go back at least a decade, and now we have a text messaging lightbulb that will send you an urgent message when your bulb blows out, in case you happened to not actually notice it when you turned on the light and nothing happened. It is a pretty pointless implementation, but you have to hope that it's one small step leading to something better. In other words, maybe it's just proof of concept, leading to more interesting implementations, that don't bother sending you an SMS when a bulb blows, but automatically switches on a different, nearby light instead, checks to see if you have extra bulbs and where they are, then, if you're low on bulbs finds the best deal on bulbs. Then again... it's just a light bulb. Stupid jokes aside, is it really that complicated to change a bulb?