Five not so smart de­vices…

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SMART FRIDGE Both Sam­sung and LG have had a go at mak­ing a smart fridge, build­ing a gi­ant tablet into the front that lets you make notes, see in­side the fridge with­out open­ing the door and play me­dia. Prices are astro­nom­i­cal, the fea­tures aren’t par­tic­u­larly use­ful, and who wants a fridge that needs reg­u­lar soft­ware up­dates? In the fu­ture, we’re promised fridges with RFID tags and bar­code scan­ners that will keep track of our food and re-or­der items au­to­mat­i­cally. It all seems an un­nec­es­sary faff to us. WASH­ING MA­CHINE Sam­sung has a smart wash­ing ma­chine, which you can turn on au­to­mat­i­cally via your smart­phone. Sounds great, but you still have to load the ma­chine your­self and empty it. So un­less you of­ten load up your ma­chine, close the door and want to ac­ti­vate a wash from the other side of the world, a tra­di­tional ma­chine will work out cheaper and eas­ier to use. WI-FI KET­TLE Be­ing able to boil the ket­tle from the liv­ing room sounds like a great idea, but when you re­alise that you still have to fill it first and put the tea in the cup and pour it out man­u­ally, it sounds less im­pres­sive. Fac­tor in the price (the iKet­tle is cur­rently £100), and get­ting up from the sofa a cou­ple of min­utes ear­lier seems a bet­ter idea. See also the Wi-Fi cof­fee ma­chine, which has all the same prob­lems.

AMA­ZON DASH BUT­TONS Tap your Dash But­ton and it con­nects to your Wi-Fi and re-or­ders a set prod­uct from Ama­zon that ar­rives the next day. It’s great in prin­ci­ple but an­noy­ing to set up, and you have to re­mem­ber to hide the Dash But­tons from pry­ing fin­gers and ac­ci­den­tal presses, lest you end up with a nu­clear bunker’s worth of prod­ucts. L’ORÉAL KÉRASTASE HAIR COACH Mankind has made it so far with­out the need for the L’Oréal Kérastase Hair Coach, and it seems un­likely that civil­i­sa­tion will crum­ble with­out it. In­side the brush is a mi­cro­phone that lis­tens to the sound of your hair as you brush, a three-axis load sen­sor to de­tect pres­sure, and an ac­celerom­e­ter and gy­ro­scope to de­tect the num­ber of strokes you take. Ev­ery­thing is fed back into an app that tells you how well you’re brush­ing your hair. The cost? $199 in the US when it launches soon. We’ll stick with a plain comb. PANA­SONIC LAUNDROID Fold­ing clothes and sort­ing them out is mis­er­able, but the Pana­sonic Laundroid does all the an­noy­ing work for you au­to­mat­i­cally. Cur­rently a pro­to­type, Pana­sonic has in­vested heav­ily in the ro­bot, with aims to launch a work­ing model at some point in the fu­ture. We can’t wait.

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