Data specialist Mark Rittman spent an entire day attempting to set up his new appliance so that it would boil on command
Rittman, a data specialist who lives in Hove, England, set about trying to make a cup of tea around 9am. But thanks to his Wi-Fi enabled kettle it wasnt long before he ran into trouble.
Three hours later the kettle was still having problems. The main issue seemed to be that the base station was not able to communicate with the kettle itself.
News of Rittmans plight quickly spread on Twitter, further slowing his progress.
Still the kettle refused to play ball.
A key problem seemed to be that Rittmans kettle didnt come with software that would easily allow integration with other devices in his home, including Amazon Echo, which, like Apples Siri, allows users to tell connected smart devices what to do.
So Rittman was trying to build the integration functionality himself.
Then, after 11 hours, a breakthrough: the kettle started responding to voice control.
And finally success!
Although some people following Rittmans progress justifiably wondered what was wrong with the old technology.