In an era of ‘smart’ things, sometimes dumb stuff is better

Source: Brian X Chen, N.Y.Times (Paid Registration)

Before we get carried away setting up the Wi-Fi connections on all our appliances, lights and fashion accessories, let me play Luddite for a second. Some of the most mundane devices are designed to accomplish a simple task extremely well — and in some cases they still execute those duties better than their high-tech brethren.

So let’s take a moment to appreciate some of the best dumb things. Here are my top picks.

A wristwatch vs. Apple Watch

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