an Internet of Things that we definitely don’t need
there is a project, over at Seeed, that is a good example of a really (too) large category of projects that I really do not get. At least, I don’t get why they should have anything like “smart” or “smarter” in their name. I’m talking of “Gmail Buddy - Smarter Email Notifications”:_ “_Gmail Buddy is companion device which checks your Gmail inbox every 15 secs and notify you using sweet elegant light [and] can also be used as a sweet night light!__
I honestly find the Gmai buddy a waste of material that doesn’t make any sense. A (night!) light that blinks when email comes? Sounds much more a nightmare than anything smart to me. “Internet of Things” does have some substance as a vision. But the really smart home is the one where you can really, totally, easily **unplug **whenever you want, and that runs on as little electronics as possible, especially the connected ones.