Recently I've reflected a bit on the current state of both IT and HI (home informatics) after reading some of the book Women and Computers by Anna Frances Grundy & John Grundy. After reading excerpts like these I'm left wondering why indeed, in an industry where IT is progressing at a fast rate that makes yesterday's computers and operating systems seem jurassic, the way most household appliances work is similar if not identical to the way they worked when they were first devised and no such process can be observed when it comes to making work at home easier. I'm wondering why the industry isn't falling over itsself to present people with technology that enables ovens and other household appliances to be turned on and regulated from an application for a handheld device e.g. mobile phone, for example. Or why people aren't falling over themselves to produce something like a robotic butler, or even just more machines like electric can openers to make housework easier. Minus a few half-hearted and ill-implemented attempts at AI vacuum cleaners, the field of HI seems to be stuck at gutter level when compared to that of IT. : Any thoughts on this? As for me, I'd sure like to see that branch of the technology industry catch up with its other branches. The money's there, the target audience is there, where's the innovative implementations?