How to Make Tea the Smart Way in 2016

British data scientist live-tweets nerdy tea-making process with his internet-connected kettle


That we are living in an age where technology has transcended everything and blurred any boundaries such that tech products are essentially lifestyle products has never been in doubt. That, however, you can fumble around with a smart Wi-Fi-connected tea kettle for 11 straight hours just to get it doing the obvious thanks to a variety of technical reasons, is still hilarious to us.

But that is exactly what happened to British data scientist Mark Rittman. And he live-tweeted it, because, 2016!

Like every other normal tea making process, you still get to do the basics because water + tea + sugar (optional for some) = the tea you want. But if your smart connected devices are acting up and the network they’re connected to also seems to be on one of those days, it could be a long morning and, eventually, a long day without the most British thing ever, tea.

Then you have to do a lot of troubleshooting

In the process, your other connected devices decide they can’t take it any more and just follow the tea kettle to the garage

The kettle just plays hard to get

Making us all non-tech people wonder, why does the kettle need to be online anyway? Can’t it just make tea like the others without needing to be connected to a network? Is it because it is lonely and needs company?

Then the tea kettle stopped throwing tantrums and came back online and there was world peace for a moment. Then Rittman’s other connected devices, this time his lights, decided to download a firmware update. Yes, your home light bulbs taking a break as they, well, get an update (before your Android does 🙂 ). What is that even?

Oh, and just incase you think we’ve plucked this Rittman story from thin air or an Isaac Asimov science fiction novel, here’s some proof that we didn’t from none other than Rittman himself

And more proof for the doubting Thomases

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how to make tea in 2016

But couldn’t all of this have been avoided if he just got a [curse word] normal kettle? I mean, who wants to go through all that trouble just to make a cuppa? We agree, it’s no ordinary cup of tea.

The Internet of Things (IoT) you keep reading about here on Techweez and elsewhere is very real. The smart home is here to stay and while it may still not be as user friendly as we may want (this story of Mark Rittman is a good example because you shouldn’t need a Computer Science background just to be able to make tea no matter what), it’s just a matter of very short time before it does. Welcome to the connected future, world!