Put the kettle on, love

Put the kettle on, love

This week I had to buy two new kitchen appliances: a coffee machine, and a kettle (because honestly, can any true Brit function properly without a hot beverage to hand?) And so, I marched off to John Lewis, credit card in hand, ready to make a what I thought would be a simple purchase. After all, they’re both single-use items, and how complicated can it get?

Apparently, very complicated indeed. I found two items which took me by surprise. Firstly, the Nespresso Prodigio- a ‘connected’ coffee machine that uses Bluetooth, along with a Nespresso App, to allow you to ‘order’ your coffee from your phone, as well as monitor the number of capsules you have in stock, and get reminders to service your machine. And secondly, a smart kettle which connects via Wifi to your phone or tablet- again, via an app, allowing you to pre-boil your kettle, presumably for when you can’t tear yourself away from your latest Netflix obsession.

To me this all just seems a bit excessive- tech for tech’s sake. Whilst I’m sure there’s a market for people who want this kind of time- and energy-optimizing technology, this pandering to our every need runs the risk of making us a far, far lazier society. I mean, if you can’t be bothered to get up and put the kettle on or make a cup of coffee, what can you be bothered with?

 

 

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