weary, as in tired, or wary, as in suspicious of? The spell checker can’t help if you spell the wrong word correctly…but enough with the nitpicking
Ten years ago I installed home entertainment systems. The high end jobs often included programmable lighting and environmental controls in addition to audio and video. Getting all the pieces to play nicely together was a mess. We were told that standards for home automation were five years out. Now, ‘home automation’ has evolved into ‘the internet of things’ and unified standards are no closer.
I like your distinction between tools and toys, and endorse the advice to play with the toys and leave the tools unconnected. I just ordered an Amazon Echo. Of all the devices I have seen in this last decade, it seems likeliest to be the great unifier. With its popularity and buzz, I expect ’works with Echo’ and ‘there’s a skill for that’ will become requirements in the connected devices space.