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Trapped in IoT hell: Smart kettle fails at task

UK man spends 11 hours trying to make tea with Wi-Fi-enabled kettle

Trapped in IoT hell: Smart kettle fails at task
Wi-Fi fail: Perils of a hyper-connected world.

The humble English tradition of a morning cup of tea turned into an 11 hour farce for one man in the UK.

According to the Guardian, data specialist Mark Rittman has spent an entire day attempting to set up his Wi-Fi enabled kettle appliance so that it would boil on command.

His predicament started at 9am but night had fallen by the time his new Wi-Fi enabled kettle could complete the task.

Rittman ran into problems right away, after the base of the base station apparently failed to communicate with the kettle itself.

He shared his frustration on twitter, with his predicament quickly going viral.

Rittman’s kettle (no word on the brand) didn’t come with software that would easily allow integration with other devices in his home, including Amazon Echo, which allows users to issue voice commands to smart devices, according to the newspaper. So Rittman was trying to build the integration functionality himself.

According to research firm Markets and Markets, the smart home market is expected to grow from USD 46.97 Billion in 2015 to USD 121.73 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 14.07% between 2016 and 2022.

However, the space remains fragmented, with no common standards across brands yet, and interoperability has been cited as a main hindrance to wider Internet of Things (IoT) adoption.  

It was only after 11 hours that the kettle started responding to voice control, and finally, the poor man was able to enjoy his “morning” cup of tea.



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