This NPR story covers how successful tech company Xiaomi, which the article compares to Apple, is moving into networked appliances.
“You scan a code on the packaging, and it will automatically identify where in China the rice was grown,” [Sun Ju] explains.
“It will also detect the altitude you’re at, and adjust the pressure in the cooker accordingly, all of which will make your rice extra delicious.” And that goes for Japanese and Thai rice, too, he adds.
I keep seeing these examples of connectivity (i.e. “IoT”) like this that would have been possible but impractical a decade ago now becoming practical.