Making fun of silly implementations of the Internet of Things (IoT) is easier than shooting fish in a barrel. No matter how ridiculous the last IoT device may seem, there\u2019s always something even more outr\u00e9 in the works.\nThat\u2019s fine \u2014\u00a0up to a point. It doesn\u2019t necessarily hurt for IoT to enter people\u2019s lives in friendly, non-threatening, non-mission-critical applications. Ideally, that can make IoT seem approachable instead of creepy, mildly useful instead of invasive.\n\nBut there\u2019s a limit to this approach. The endless parade of pointless IoT gimmicks threatens to trivialize the technology, leading consumers (and business people) to dismiss the IoT as the realm of smart toothbrushes and smart hairbrushes and smart refrigerators \u2014\u00a0and internet-connected toilets.\nIt\u2019s a real problem, and it only gets worse when big, respected organizations get involved in the silliness. When household names embrace IoT ephemera, it devalues the technology and doesn\u2019t do the company any favors either.\nThat\u2019s why the video below made me so sad:\n\n\n \n\n\nThe highly produced clip \u2014 which I found courtesy of TrendWatching \u2014 extolls the virtues of a device that lets hotel guests write and draw in steam while in the shower, then email the results to themselves. The shower door notepad was apparently tested for several months at a Marriott Hotel in Irvine, California, based on the notion that many business travelers say they often come up with good ideas while in the shower.\nAhem.\nMaybe some people do get their best ideas in the shower. And I have no doubt that whoever came up this idea did it covered with soap suds. But there are so many things wrong with this idea that I hardly know where to start.\nIoT shower power?\nFirst off, Irvine sits in drought-stricken Southern California, where the notion of encouraging guests to linger under the running water writing notes in steam has unfortunate ecological implications.\nAlso, is a steam-note pad really the best way to capture shower-y inspiration? Wouldn\u2019t \u201cAlexa, take a memo\u2026\u201d do as well or better? More to the point: Perhaps one reason why ideas may come to people while in the shower is that for a few minutes at least, they\u2019re not surrounded by technology.\nLook, there\u2019s nothing wrong per se with wacky IoT implementations like this. But they can distract from IoT\u2019s real potential. I have to believe that with a little work, Marriot can find a better technology gimmick. Heck, even robotic room service seems more practical!