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Meet the man who made tea with a Wi-Fi kettle – and enjoyed a cuppa 11 hours later

The smart home revolution is well and truly underway, with big name products like Google Home and Amazon Echo hitting the shelves in time for the holidays. Before you go out and splash the cash on a bunch of connected tech, though, read this cautionary tale involving a geek in Hove and his Wi-Fi kettle.

It appears we’re not quite at the point of ‘plug and play’ when it comes to smart homes just yet, as one geek learnt during his 11 hour struggle to make a cup of tea with a Wi-Fi-enabled kettle.

Big data specialist Mark Rittman tweeted his brewing odyssey (H/T Guardian), which started early in the morning and concluded shortly after a series of spectacular Joe Hart saves bailed England out against Slovakia.

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The exact model of kettle wasn’t revealed, and it should be noted that the root of the problem seemed to be Rittman’s attempts to pair the kettle with the rest of his connected home set-up.

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In other words, the fault would appear to lie on the software side, rather than with the hardware itself, which isn’t really that surprising given connected home integration relies heavily on third-party support.

Perhaps it’s not time to turn out backs on modern era and go back to boiling water in saucepans and using BlackBerry phones after all?

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