Re: The "i" in IoT
I just question who is really pushing this, Susan, IoT is obviously good for the companies who are in the business of network enabling what used to be simple hardware. That obviously raises the cost component of that hardware. As a consumer, do I personally want to even pay $10 more for my fridge so I can download a free app on my phone to check my intenal temperature?
I get your point, some people might consider that a reason to buy that particular fridge, thus justifying the idea. I'm OK with that as long I have choice to buy a fridge without that feature and save $10 bucks. My fear is this will become something like airline baggage fees, everyone will jump on board for the revenue. You might say "Southwest Airlines" doesn't. But good luck getting a Southwest flight to Green Bay where I live. The truth here is, you fly from here, you pay baggage fees.
Cloud is a similar example. Ask any anybody in the business of providing cloud service and it's the greatest thing since white bread. Even though, at it's core, it's really no different than what they called Timesharing back in the mainframe days. Paying rent instead buying. As I've said before in a comment, if that was such a great idea for EVERYONE, why does anyone own a home?