Re: IoT Revolution: Is The Enterprise Ready?
There's definitely a sort of confluence here for the Enterprise - on the one hand, we have Enterprise cases for IoT and devices specifically made for all kinds of industries. The article you linked of Chris' about monitoring giant mining shovels is a perfect example. On the other hand, it seems people are forgetting that all the consumer devices are an Enterprise use case. It's enterprises who are going to be building these devices, maintaining these protocols, mining all the data, handling the cloud operations, and building their next generations of products based upon that data. When you say it will affect the relationship between users and brands, you're right - users can be enticed to buy products from the same family with the promise of smooth interoperability, but there's a limit. Companies will be expected to build interoperability across brands - which is where an org like the OIC comes in.
The smart liquor bottle actually makes a pretty strong use case. We have subclasses of consumer items that are very expensive given their frivolity - buying a nice bottle of liquor is supposed to be an experience, not just a drink, so that smart label can add some value while not bothering those who could care less about it. On the other hand, maybe I wouldn't want my deodorant to do it, so companies need to be careful about what makes sense. I think the popcorn machine is by comparison a relatively weak example - the link given points to a simple web gui with one button. While this is technically a connected popcorn machine, it's hard to say what's really running under the hood from something so simple. I think this is partly what invites consumer skepticism. On that note, I too am glad to hear these IoT execs harping on security. It's an issue that won't and shouldn't go away for IoT.