So after I click back through 4 links of stuff I get to read an article that mentions something vague about the CEO saying their new coffee makers will include technology that forces you to use their pods (or licensed pods I would assume).
To me this whole "Internet of Things" is a pile of bullshit that can go die in a fire. I don't need a fancy smart mug to keep track of what I order, I don't want a smart fridge that has more computing power than what I was using in the 90's. I don't want all those things because all it does is add worthless expense to things I already use. A pad of paper and pen costs substantially less than the upgrade to a smart fridge, plus the bonus part is if the pen breaks it is cheap to fix.
For the costs of that smart fridge I'd rather have a fridge that has excellent cooling capabilities and a 25 year warranty. I'd rather have products that last, than products that can work with every vendor under the sun. I don't care if a DeWalt drill won't take a Ryobi battery pack (even though they use the same battery setup internally), and I don't care if it cost twice as much - because if it will last me twice as long (or I believe it will) then that alone is worth it to me. To me the market place has become more about the shiny and new than about the quality of function. I mean what does it matter if you can't buy cheap knock off K-cups when the odds the maker lasting more than 2 years isn't very high?
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