Re: Consumer options?
To me, IoT promises little. Especially if the (Thing) requires (My Computer + My Internet Connection).
The way I see it, easier updates via the internet also raised my cost of "ownership". Or, upgrades. The subscription model and to some extent, the cloud, lock me into tomorrow's revenue stream.
In most cases, I prefer a more reliable appliance than a smart applicance. For many things, I pay more upfront for less maintenance and longer user life. I rather spend on smart people in my community than smart appliances messaging the internet.
I can understand IoT from the seller's standpoint, but my love is more to do with personal computing. To me, IoT competes with my love. Rather program on my desktop than on the washer-dryer. Hmmm ... who will move the laundry?
From my end user's standpoint, it only seems to imply I will pay more every three years, and have less choice to not upgrade ... or change supplier.
For me, updates and patches over the web are inarguably easier. On the other hand, why are they necessary? What if OSs and applications were "good enough" so that after SP1 in the beginning of the second year, life was good for another 3 years? By the way, I use Microsoft Win 8.1 Update, and it's been good for me.
I'm only a consumer. I fear the corners of the stock market who are only interested in increasing churn in stock prices, and not the businesses which produce real products. I guess there's a difference between running a business and owning stock. A big difference.
In closing. my priority is personal computing. I can't see how IoT will help me there.