Caitlin Fitzsimmons: Why the 'internet of things' will mean junking expensive appliances more often

The day is coming when our homes will be packed with "smart" devices and appliances.

How long do you expect your oven to last? A Choice survey suggests most people peg the lifespan of an oven at 14 years.

Certainly, I would not expect an oven that cost $2999 to conk out after seven years. But that's exactly what happened to a relative's AEG-brand oven. Her story is worth sharing, because it might become a common one, as the world of domestic appliances collides with the juggernaut of computer and internet technology.