Welcome to the era where refrigerators send you emails telling you that you open them too many times a day
Dan Hon bought a LG fridge last year, and now you’ve come across a surprise: that fridge is sending you emails warning you that you open it too many times a day.
This user told how I did not remember giving permission to the refrigerator to send you emails. “I’ve never done it before,” he explained, but suddenly it wasn’t just telling him how many times he had opened it during the day.
Hello, I am your refrigerator
Also sent data on the water consumption of the dispenser you had made, or performance reports showing a confirmation that everything was fine and that no problems had been detected that “could impact the ability of your refrigerator to keep your food chilled and fresh.”
wtf our fridge just emailed us to say we opened its door too many times in the past month pic.twitter.com/MPa2cPHhCC
– Dan Hon (@hondanhon) September 9, 2021
These reports open the debate on whether or not these types of messages are really useful. For this user they are not: they do not contribute too much, they interrupt and they seemed more spam than anything else.
To be clear, this was not my idea pic.twitter.com/lk9jfcBXIQ
– Dan Hon (@hondanhon) April 24, 2020
I was already writing it down when they installed it and connected it to the internet. Hon wanted to find out what the impact of the Internet of Things was, and he quickly realized how this overconnection of all kinds of devices I ended up adding notifications that perhaps weren’t especially useful.
The truth is that home appliances certainly offer more and more curious features. A user for example answered showing your washing machine’s monthly summaries, but while there can certainly be helpful – and dangerous – options, Aren’t we overdoing it a bit?