A 2008 article* by Hubert Guillard takes on intelligent fridges and finds them wanting. Rather than being delighted by these magical chilling machines, users of prototype intelligent fridges have been left disappointed or indifferent. As ever, the problem isn’t the technology – these fridges are more than capable of chatting to the internet whilst chilling your Chablis; it’s that users don’t really see any particular use for them. Guillard says that this doesn’t spell out the death of the Internet of Things Aroud The House, just that we should think about which devices we would like to see which would be more useful, malleable and desirable.
*In French, so break out the babelfish if you need to