One month ago I visited Trivandrum. It was a wonderful experience, in which I learned, or found confirmations of, a lot of good things about India. I also noticed one thing that made me a bit sad, though.
Smart bins, pankake printers, smartphone-controlled cookers, AI-enabled refrigerators… high-tech stuff for sure, but does it deserve to be called “smart gadgets”? Those are all products that are almost guaranteed to be everything but really “smart”, even when they do something you did need: not interoperable, non-not upgradeable, non-integrated or otherwise compatible apps or user interfaces, designed for early obsolescence, doomed to become even more really toxic, hardly recyclable e-waste, .
Smart kitchen? Not really. Western countries are already falling over this kind of scams. It was a bit sad to see the same invented need popping up in other countries too, with the same limits.
In general, whenever “Smart Homes” and/or the “Internet of Things (IoT)” come up, don’t forget that the biggest question about them is….