Hype Hazard Episode 10: Smart Home Bonanza!

What better hub of tech hype and hazards than the Smart Home?! For our Season 1 Finale,  we take you on a tour exploring gadgets galore in this flash round of four devices. Are Smart Home devices just ‘assisted living for millennials,’ or real innovations towards improving quality of life and longevity? Come in and stay a while as we go room to room, navigating novelty and searching for utility…

  • Bathroom: is Willo, the toothbrushing robot the answer to democratized oral hygiene, or just a marketing ploy towards helicopter parents?
  • Kitchen: is Meater, the smart cooking thermometer really worth 10x price of its analogue predecessor, or is it an investment in perfectly cooked culinary confidence?
  • Bedroom: is EightSleep, the connected mattress pad a dream come true for peak performance, or is the ‘sleep fitness movement’ a cover for sleeping on a data hungry wearable?
  • Living Room: is Mirror, Lululemon’s smart mirror an embodiment of the physical and economic shift towards in-home fitness, or a reflection of much broader disruptions to come in home healthcare?

Interested in diving deeper into the world of facial recognition and the potential pitfalls of devices collecting video and imagery data? Listen to Episode 5: Clearview AI & Facial Recognition.

Ratings Time: At the end of each room, we rate this each technology on our highly scientific scale to help innovators put this into context. Tune in to hear our reviews, and tell us what you think!

  • Trash: Garbage abound in tech-land, so buyer beware of rubbish in disguise! 
  • Flash: A flash in the pan! Hot now, but fleeting once it exhausts early adopter segments
  • Cash: Money-maker with scalable potential, but ultimately nothing innovative here
  • Splash: Fundamentally innovative, and full of transformative potential to fix a real problem


Credits: Hype Hazard is designed, developed, and recorded by Jaimy Szymanski and Jessica Groopman. This episode was edited Randall Ward and our theme music was composed by Adam Roszkiewicz.

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