Re: Bewildered. (That's grown-up speak for "wtf")
"So why on earth do we need internet enabled dishwashers?"
I can think of one reason: Simpler UI.
The delay feature on my appliances leaves a lot to be desired. I am only interested in what time it will finish, not when it will start. "Done by 7am" is what I want. But I am sure there are others who are more interested in the start time... That means a heckuva lot of buttons, or a big LCD right there on the appliance... Or.... How about a web based UI that you can use from your favorite pad?
But even so, I have to concede that the extra complexity is just not worth it.