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Is it dumb that everything is “smart?”

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Betty Saliba
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Among the trends we see year in and year out at CES, is the tendency for companies to make “smart” products that don’t really need to be smart.

It seems a little cliche to dunk on weird smart gadgets, but the annual electronics show in Las Vegas has become synonymous with ill-conceived smart tech in recent years.

Small businesses burn through truckloads of cash to make a viable product, especially if it’s to compete with larger tech giants.

You can read about WiFi-connected deadbolts locking their owners out of their houses while firmware updates, lights unable to turn off at night for no reason, and refrigerators that can’t be repaired because plumbers generally don’t know how to code.

I’ve long been an outspoken critic of dumb smart devices, but what finally broke me this year was Kohler’s second smart toilet.

It’s not that I take issue with soft lighting, intelligent use of water, or even a seat warmer — it’s that I really can’t believe we’re at the point where we’re covering an internet-connected commode for a second time.

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