Postcards from the Edge of IOT, # 1 – IOT is not the ‘Internet’ and not ‘Things’

By Jim Patience

Date 22 February 2016 Tags ,

Not the ‘Internet’:

Your smartphone is smarter because it’s connected to the Internet. Gadgets in your home are not (yet) because of protocols, expense, URL limits and security. Most of the complexity connecting smart home devices is in overcoming these hurdles. This will not be easier until IPv6 is spread wider.

So most ‘Things’ are not yet directly connected to the ‘Internet’.

Not ‘Things’:

Physical Things are the trickiest place to put anything. Things can be complex yet require a simple interface (e.g. white goods). ‘Things’ are more often a collection of simple “devices” which combine to perform a valuable task, e.g. a ‘thermostat’ is actually an on/off switch, a temperature sensor, a clock and some schedules.

So ‘Things’ are not the Things that you think they are.

BE CAREFUL, or in a couple of years, you could be the Betamax of the IOT world.

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