Re: 6 Internet Of Things Building Blocks
I think the number and variety of comments here is a testament to just how much IoT is on everyone's minds, and just how complex of a space it's going to be. Like some others, I was a little surprised to see that this list focused just on embedded systems. It was nice to get a refresher on what the people behind Raspberry Pi (which still looks like the king in terms of bang-to-buck ratio) and Arduino are up to these days, as well as some of their competitors, but Doug and Charlie are right to point out that there's more to IoT than just that. When I think 'building blocks' I think of the pieces we'll combine to make everything else later. We will be combining Arduinos with RasPis in places, but we'll also be combining them with individual sensors, various networks and protocols, and many combinations therein before IoT hits critical mass. There's certainly room for plenty more articles to be written on the matter.
As for the topic of the first killer app for consumers, I'm with Brian. I think some of you may have misunderstood his point - I don't think he meant that the IoT devices will need to be low-power (that's another topic), but that IoT devices that specifically help people manage their energy consumption (like a thermostat) will do well. I think that's likely to be true. It's one of few problems that touches every single household. SaneIT, who I don't see in this thread, made a point once about home automation being a great market because homeowners can dip their toes in, then buy more later once they're happy with them. It allows manufacturers more flexibility than the win-or-lose enterprise space. You could expand that category to include lighting, etc. The smart fridge that tells me when my vegetables go bad might be a ways off, but the smart thermostat that pushes an update to my phone to tell me the temperature has gone up and would I like to turn my heat off might be right around the corner.