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A connected refrigerator can, in theory, check your refrigerator for the ingredients you’ll need for a particular recipe.

Discussion:  As our lives become more and more animated with all of our devices soon be connected online, the aspirational dream of an automated home is becoming a reality with major vendors peddling real, usable products, almost all controllable from a smartphone.  Objects such as cat feeders, blinds, door locks and sensors on your grandma’s tea pot that alert you when it is turned on are only a few examples of the devices and information that can be collected by having these objects connected to the Internet.  Saving energy and convenience are two benefits to this new Internet of Things.  Currently, however, there are so many conflicting approaches, setups, standards, and systems that the real dream of a fully connected home may be still a ways off.

Source:  CNN News

Date:  January 18, 2013

Link:  http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/12/tech/innovation/future-home-automation/index.html

Discussion Questions:

  • Why is there a push to move our personal electronic devices online?
  • What are some of the drawbacks to having automated appliances?

 

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