Blog - Smart Gadgets are Like Sleeper Cells in Your Kitchen
Most people don't know their gadgets can already talk to one another, and even be controlled remotely by their utility company.
Manufacturers are "future-proofing" their appliances with capabilities that are latent -- for now. If you bought a major appliance in the last three years, odds are it was "smart," even if you didn't know it. Meaning: it probably contains a wireless radio that can broadcast and transmit over a small personal area network, sending out information about a device's status and energy use, as well as receiving commands that alter its behavior.