The Internet of Things (IoT) products range from smart frying pans that check if the food is cooked, to wearables that track your health. When there is such abundance of areas where IoT could be applied, several ridiculous, unnecessary products are inevitable. Rehabstudio, a creative technology company, draws attention to this pitfall with a parody blog called The Internet of Useless Things.
The Internet of Things, coined by Kevin Ashton in 1999, is a popular topic of discussion about the technology of the future. The term is used to describe devices, systems and services connected on an advanced level that go beyond the traditional machine to machine communication. The information technology research company Gartner predicts that there will be 26 billion IoT devices by 2020.
The idea behind the The Internet of Useless Things project is, not only to tease the concept, but also to provide some guidelines for the future IoT technologies. The project proposes five points to make these designs useful.