January 18, 2014

I'm confused

Why would anyone want their refrigerator to have an internet connection?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Computers at 11:39 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 And I think the question zooms out to ask 'Why would anyone want to have their house connected to the internet for remote locking/control purposes?' 

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at January 18, 2014 11:42 AM (T5fuR)

2 Well, for the house, I imagine it would be useful for monitoring the smart house functionality.  If you realize you forgot to turn down the thermostat after leaving for a trip, you can do so from any connected computer.  If a relative needs to get in while your away, they call you, you log in, click "open door", etc.

My two responses:

1.  While smart houses are a nice idea, nothing remote access can get you is worth exposing your house controls to the greater internet.  Maybe after someone comes up with a way to ( relatively ) hack proof them.  Otherwise, its bait for thieves and vandals.

2.  Why the hell would you need a smart fridge, anyway?  What possible useful feature would this provide?

Posted by: metaphysician at January 18, 2014 12:57 PM (3GCAl)

3 One of my co-workers uses his smart thermostat to override the energy-consumption decisions his wife and kids make when he's not  home.


Posted by: J Greely at January 18, 2014 01:48 PM (7CyNp)

4 Obviously the internet connection is so you can make instant blog posts when you have one of your "refrigerator moments" about an anime you just watched...

Posted by: Siergen at January 18, 2014 05:19 PM (c2+vA)

5 Beat me by 15 minutes that that one!

Posted by: Mauser at January 18, 2014 05:36 PM (TJ7ih)

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