June 8th, 2015


I'm beginning to think the Internet of Things has jumped the shark...

On a semi-regular basis, I get updates from IFTTT (If-This-Then-That, an app that lets you mash stuff up), mostly announcing their new channels. They've gotten pretty eyebrow-raising. Today's is kind of magnificent:

"The GE Appliances Cooking Channel lets your oven communicate with you, no matter where you are."

I'm not quite sure if I find that more creepy or ridiculous, but the real humor comes in the suggested mashups, such as "Post a tweet when dinner is ready", which may set a new bar for Annoying Twitaholism.

The tech industry is talking about The Internet of Things more or less nonstop nowadays, but I'm beginning to get the sense that 98% of it is solutions in search of problems. Which means a shakeout is due in 3... 2... 1...