Thanks for exploring this; I hadn’t allowed myself to confront the serious privacy and long term sustainability problems inherent in these new! exciting! products! to buy! The question that I keep asking myself is: why do I like these? Why do I want to be able to control my vegetable peeler from my phone? I agree that some of the applications (maybe most) are utterly ridiculous, but I wonder what base need they’re filling for people and if there’s some way to satisfy it without putting our toilet data in the cloud.