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The first few generations of devices are still streaming. I’m thinking we’ll be hit soon with a waves of failing devices. The early Ring doorbells, the Nests, and Dropcams. Then there are the things are a little too close to a heat vent. Maybe there a few degrees warmer, or they’re in a sunny spot.

Eventually, their components will fail. Some adhesive will peel off somewhere. A pin will disconnect.

The tragedy is that with the exception of some small defect, these devices will work perfectly until their last day. The fix itself might be possible, if it were possible to actual fix the device.

Maybe in a few generation of devices, they’ll be meant to operate for a millennium. Glass and metal, no plastics, no wires, everything etched by laser.

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