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The Internet of Way Too Many Things

The Internet of Things is pitched as good for the consumer. But is it? Let's focus on making 'smart' a whole lot smarter.
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 05:50
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DISCONNECTED: Technology is integrated not because it is necessary, but because the technology exists to integrate it - and because it will enable companies to sell you stuff you never knew you were missing. .

AT a design conference recently, I was introduced to Leeo, a new product that I initially understood to be a reboot of something really in need of a redesign: the smoke detector. As the designer explained his process, I quickly came to understand that Leeo was nothing of the sort. It was a