- Ask Stacy: If I Temporarily Lose My Health Insurance, Will I Get Fined?
- 15 Awesome Adult Uses for Baby Powder
- The Eagles Ban Cellphones During Their Classic Rock Concerts
- Tons of Simple Hacks for Stuff You Do Every Day
- How to Keep Your Grandparents From Being Ripped Off by Mail Scams
- The Restless Project: Can’t Get By on $60K, $80K, Even $100K?
- Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web
- RadioShack: Circling the Drain?
More from the Consumer Electronics Show last week, this time from Boston.com…
Grilled chicken was on the menu. The fridge confirmed that it had all the necessary ingredients inside, then signaled the oven to start warming up. I could have watched TV while it was heating — the oven can flash a message on the screen when it reaches the correct temperature.
Other smart devices can be controlled by smartphone, so you could flip on the AC and get the coffee brewing before you got home. Some of these things are already available; a version of the smart fridge the article mentions runs for $3,500. You can already use WeMo devices to remotely control your electronics.
Cool stuff, but a friend of mine used to talk about this Jetsons-esque stuff 10 years ago and really lessened my enthusiasm for the future. He joked about a scenario where a hacker could take over your home and, while you’re sleeping, make all the lights strobe and every device in the home start beeping like an alarm clock.