There is lots of talk about the internet of things but I get the feeling that a lot of people don’t get the simplicity of what it means so I thought I would write a post about it to try and explain it in simple terms. Hopefully I can answer some questions as well.
2 weeks ago Google announced the purchase of a company called Nest for a sum of $3.2Billion. If you read the headline only in a story like this you would be worried that this is another bubble and that a company you’ve never heard of couldn’t be worth that kind of cash. But what you might not know is that despite the pure simplicity of their products – a smoke alarm & a thermostat that in fact the simplicity of their products and who is behind them is what has generated the value.
The Products are genius, one saves your life and protects your home better and the other saves you money and makes you more comfortable, both without you having to do anything. Simplicity!
Check out the videos below.
Not only are the really obviously beneficial, the guy behind best designed the first iPod and the first iPhone for Apple and recently at the websummit.Net he said that when asked the question why a smoke alarm and a thermostat? What’s sexy about that? You must be mad, he laughs because that’s what people said to him with the first iPod and then again when Nokia owned the phone world and Apple launched the iPhone.
Tony Faddel and Matt Rogers, see things before we see them.
So that’s all well and good but what else is going to happen?
www.belkin.com have designed wifi enabled light switches and wifi enabled plugs that are controlled by an app on your phone.
There is a sunbeam casserole dish which is wifi controlled.
Linksys have mobile phone controlled security cameras from €59 (I’ve had them for 3 years)
Apple TV, ChromeCast, Xbox, all of these things are the internet of things.
2014 is going to be special because we are now in a position to embrace these sorts of technologies like never before with mobile technology rushing ahead and with 4G on its way, it’s the perfect time for a bit of hype.
Imagine turning the heating and the lights on or starting the over on route home or based on where you are travelling to and in what direction your going? Imagine your kettle boiling as soon as a motion sensor in your room sees you’ve sat up in the bed?
Life is about to get more organised and time will be handed back to us that we thought we would never see again.
So everything will become connected.