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Even Apple can't make the Internet of Things tolerable
The Internet of Shit is a column about all the shitty things we try to connect to the internet, and what can be done about it. It's from the anonymous creator of the Internet of Shit Twitter account.
If you want to start an absolutely thrilling dinner table conversation with friends, try asking them what Internet of Things platform they're using. Unsurprisingly, not many people know what IoT means, let alone what's going on beneath their gadgets. All they care about is whether they work together or not — and most of the time they don't.
HomeKit, by Apple, was launched as a way to finally bring together all of your awful-but-slightly-useful internet gadgets for the home. Instead of dealing with a bunch of disparate standards promoted by different companies, Apple proposed a new ecosystem of smart home accessories that could be built securely on a series of common requirements. Then Apple would surface each one of those devices in Siri or, eventually, in its own Home app on iOS devices.
Here's the thing, though: the result isn't really a logical evolution of what a “smart” home should look like.
Being the ever-ironic person behind the Internet of Shit account, I own a ton of shitty internet-connected devices — despite how much I abhor them. At first, when I was starting out, I'd try to buy HomeKit-compatible ones to make life easier, but it's amounted to little in the end.
The peculiarities become obvious within a few minutes of using Apple's Home app. Want to automate anything or control your devices remotely? Better go out and buy an Apple TV!