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Internet Of Things: Limitless Dumb Possibilities
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jgherbert
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jgherbert,
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8/27/2014 | 10:07:58 PM
Washing Machines
About 10 years ago or so I bought a new washing machine. I ended up purchasing an LG and had the option - for an additional 400UKP as I recall - to have a web-enabled washing machine. It was exactly the same as the one I ended up buying, but could be networked and accessed remotely.

The Internet of Things started being offered to us a while ago in some ways, but honestly there has to be a good reason to IP-enable a product. In the case of my washing machine it was a totally pointless (and horribly expensive) upgrade option. All I would have been able to do with this super duper machine is to see where it was in the cycle, and to start and stop the machine. This seems pointless to me, as unless I had already loaded the machine and put detergent in, starting it would be nonsensical, and I would have just hit GO when I was standing in front of it.

Oh look, the cycle has only 20 minutes left! But I'm at work and won't be home for 6 hours. So what? Unless there's a "get clothing out and move it to the dryer" button, I just don't get it.

Let's not make an Internet of Pointless Things, right?
nasimson
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nasimson,
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8/23/2014 | 10:05:50 PM
things taking care of themselves
@ Thomas:

> Delegate too much responsibility to your things and you might stop paying attention
> to what's going on around you.

Although it has potential to make us lazy, less caring etc. but this is not necessarily bad. Since industrial revolution we have got machines working for us, and now computers (and in near future robots). All this has not made us less attentive to work.

If things can take care of themselves, thats good. So we can spend this time taking care of ourselves and our loved ones.
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Trumanjp,
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8/20/2014 | 6:33:43 PM
The Cumulative effect
When taken individually I can see you point but the logic doesn't hold when tested. Reading down the list of ontances where SmartThings makes claims of benefits I was quick to say as you that this benefit doesn't happen that often, what a waste. Tech for tech sake. Until i could about half way down the list and it had happened to me in the last week, then it made sense. I polled a neighbor on either side and each had one of the items you mention happen this last week. A water leak, a window open (when AC was on all afternoon), and lost keys(but had the phone of course). Not to mention you mentioned 7 times that the devices can be programed them selves but I don't want to go to 7+ places and remember how to program them, I want the simplicity of 1 place to go. 
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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8/20/2014 | 3:37:11 PM
Re: Dumb Possibilities
I predict baby and kid gear makers will tap right into IoT to instill even more fear into parents. Fear equals money spent when it comes to some parents.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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8/20/2014 | 3:03:51 PM
Re: Dumb Possibilities
I want a sensor you can stick in a banana that will scream when the fruit gets too ripe.
GAProgrammer
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GAProgrammer,
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8/20/2014 | 1:54:03 PM
Thank you!
So glad to see a dissenting voice among the deafening shout of "IoT is coming and it's going to be awesome!". I have made many of these same points in comments here.  There are many great uses for IoT, but the home is just not one of them.
Stratustician
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8/20/2014 | 1:21:53 PM
Re: Taking the Brilliant with the Dumb
I agree, just because we can add features to things, doesn't mean we need them.  I don't think there are too many applications of the addition of connectivity to household devices that really create a significant benefit aside from promoting people to be mode sedate when it comes to controlling common appliances and switches for lighting etc.  Just because we can add it, doesn't mean it makes sense.
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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8/19/2014 | 9:08:01 AM
Re: Taking the Brilliant with the Dumb
It's probably like when batteries were invented: No doubt there were some real doozies, inventions that added batteries for no reason at all! As you say, the market will decide whether it needs to connect some devices, not others.
PedroGonzales
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8/18/2014 | 11:30:19 PM
Re: Taking the Brilliant with the Dumb
I think the IoT does provide with some useful features, you provide some very good examples.  I believe there are some things which shouldn't  be connected to the internet or there is no point to be connected.  We will see whether people are ready for their appliances to be connected and communicate with each other. 
Alison_Diana
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8/18/2014 | 3:40:42 PM
Re: Taking the Brilliant with the Dumb
I don't even use the pre-set on my coffee pot so doubt i'll be sensor-enabling my Mr. Coffee any time soon. Nor can i see the point of an IoT hair dryer or some of the other devices you mentioned and that i've seen online. That said, great inventions often have some really dumb examples and IoT is no exception. Security is critical, however. The more important and valuable the IoT device or service is, the better-secured it should be.
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