Summary of “In an Era of ‘Smart’ Things, Sometimes Dumb Stuff Is Better”

While riding a bicycle, for example, you often have to let go of the handle bar and lift the watch toward your face to check the time.
Until the Apple Watch manages to constantly display the time without sapping the battery, a normal wristwatch is better for telling the time in all those scenarios.
A kitchen timer vs. Amazon EchoOne of the most common uses of Amazon’s Echo is to set a kitchen timer.
Just say “Alexa, set a timer for 80 minutes” while you’re busy chopping vegetables.
There are reasons a cheap kitchen timer can be superior.
So if you have to check your food for doneness and change the kitchen timer, an old-school timer – either the analog variety or the type with a digital time display and two or three physical buttons – can be easier.
You can also constantly see how much time is left on the timer, whereas with the Echo, you have to open a smartphone app to see the remaining time or ask Alexa to tell you how much time is left.
Over the long term, using a smart speaker as a timer gets tedious.

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