Re: Is this whole article just trolling, or what?
Yes, it is clearly a spoof.
"The solution to that problem seems obvious. Design an iron equipped with Bluetooth LE, linked to a smartphone, running an app that uses its camera to scan a QR code printed on a fabric care tags. ..."
That made me laugh.
"An electric blanket would be hard pressed to do all of this computationally expensive work on its own."
A 4-bit microcontroller in a washing machine would have more than enough power to do this.