surround us. Over the decade, the term smart
shifted its definition to mean ‘computer-powered’. From smart phones, smart
cars, to smart houses – the current
trends are simple. Add computers to everyday objects and jack up the prices
significantly. But are these smart objects essential? Or are they merely
Fridge computers are a thing – believe it or not. The idea
is that by adding a tablet device right into the door of a fridge, you can be
more productive. One of the ideas is that you can use the tablet while cooking.
It also has sensors and can even give you live footage of the inside of the
fridge. If only there was a way to
see what the inside without the tablet!
Smart roads are another ‘smart’ version of a proven
commodity. The idea is that by adding lights to roadsides, you can see the road
better. This is a good idea on its own – however, the problem comes with its
power source. People started adding solar
panels to road surfaces as a way to generate electricity. The problem was
that roads take a beating from thousands of cars daily. The panels never
lasted, and maintenance costs for repairs were too high.
Now this is a bit controversial. Smart watches offer a ton
of features that regular watches do not have. These include heart rate
monitors, calories burnt, distance traveled, steps counter, etc. But are these
essential? Do these features justify charging your watches frequently, when a
regular watch can last years with little maintenance?
The most common feature in all these is convenience. Everyone wants an easier way to do things. Sometimes,
they go a little overboard. The appeal is there for a reason. People want a
better way to do things and are willing to pay for it. But should you?