Very little to tempt
That's entirely unsurprising. I mean, I'm one of the geekiest tech-heads I know, and even I have very little interest in a lot of the gadgets out there. So far, the Internet Of Things hasn't come up with anything truly compelling, and if they can't sell an idea to a guy who runs a 5TB file server in his own house, it's got to make you wonder.
An internet connected kettle? Really? The internet connected fridge might be useful if you could quickly check how much mayonnaise was left while you were at the shops, but the technology just isn't there yet. I've seen some demos, and the faff of scanning items in and out of the fridge seems to be more work than simply picking up the items you forgot from the corner shop.
The fridge that automatically orders online also seems rife with problems. Ordering online from who? One of the big supermarkets will pay big bucks to get preferential treatment. What if I only bought that item because it was on offer, or tried it and don't like it? Do I want it blindly re-ordering? Isn't my consumer choice one of the few freedoms remaining, so should I trust that freedom to a robot?
It's all very well wiring up appliances so they can be switched on and off by remote, but we've had that technology for decades, and the reason it hasn't caught on, is because you STILL need to physically walk up to the device to put something in it, like water in the kettle, bread in the toaster, clothes in the washing machine, etc. The only one that does make sense with is the cooker, but almost every model sold today comes with some sort of delay timer built in already.
The most attractive element is smart heating. That I can understand the benefits of quite easily, as I'm sure most people can, but it's not cheap to install. Especially if you want to maximise efficiency, which includes independent radiator control and automated windows. Depending on your usage, that install cost could take a long time to recoup.
The roomba-type vacuums seem the closest to a proper product, but they strike me a under-powered, and unless you live in an obsessively tidy house, the damn thing will spend most of it's life stuck in a corner.
Then there's the smart home products like Nest. A collection of cameras, motion sensors, light switches, and sockets that all use ethernet over mains to simplify the install.
Tempting from a security standpoint, until you discover that these devices are riddled with security vulnerabilities themselves. Ironically, making your house easier to hack into.