Internet Of Household Things: Convince Me - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Data Management // Big Data Analytics
Commentary
7/14/2014
12:40 PM
Junko Yoshida
Junko Yoshida
Commentary
50%
50%

Internet Of Household Things: Convince Me

My washer needs to speak to my grill? I'm talking back to IoT devices that talk behind my back.

MADISON, Wis. — At the risk of sounding a bit curmudgeonly, I have to confess one thing. While there's certainly something positive to be said about the Internet of Things (IoT), I can’t help feeling suspicious, weary, and a bit turned off by the whole idea.

Aside from big-number projections (i.e., Cisco predicts 50 billion IoT devices by 2020), which would tempt anyone into becoming an IoT cheerleader, I haven’t seen a single credible-use scenario that might lure the average consumer onto the IoT bandwagon.

Honestly, it creeps me out to think about my devices at home talking to one another, doing stuff without my involvement, and talking about my habits -- good and bad -- to total strangers (advertisers, service providers, or just more machines) behind my back. There’s nothing warm and fuzzy about this. At all.

Smart LED lightbulbs hacked
I’m sure you’ve all heard about an incident, reported last week, in which smart LED lightbulbs leaked WiFi passwords.

Read the rest of this story on EE Times.

Former beat reporter, bureau chief, and editor in chief of EE Times, Junko Yoshida now spends a lot of her time covering the global electronics industry with a particular focus on China. Her beat has always been emerging technologies and business models that enable a new ... View Full Bio
We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Ariella
50%
50%
Ariella,
User Rank: Author
7/22/2014 | 9:11:16 AM
Re: Internet of Household Things
@Gigi3 yes, we all have to keep something to look forward to.
Ariella
50%
50%
Ariella,
User Rank: Author
7/15/2014 | 9:36:34 AM
Re: Internet of Household Things
@Gigi3 Yes, I've even heard that some dryers can steam out wrinkles. But I want an appliance that is smart enough to also figure out where all the clothes go and to get them there. I'm willing to teach it the first time around, but then it should be equipped with machine learning that makes it recall where the clothese should go. 
Alison_Diana
50%
50%
Alison_Diana,
User Rank: Author
7/15/2014 | 9:25:57 AM
Brighthouse Cable Commercial
Recently, our local Brighthouse Cable company began heavily advertising its IoT services, primarily promoting its security offerings but also integrating its connected home. One thing that cracks me up is it does a close-up on a connected blender, operated by an app. I don't know about you, but I always put my hand on top of the blender lid when I'm mixing up a batch of margaritas, ever since the lid popped off at a party one night. And since a lot of blender items require ice, I'm not sure how tasty they'd be if you set up your blender before leaving for work: Your tequila and lime mix would be very watered down, eight to 10 hours later!
Alison_Diana
50%
50%
Alison_Diana,
User Rank: Author
7/15/2014 | 9:21:13 AM
Re: Internet of Household Things
We've had a Sleep Number bed for years (not the same one! We keep buying them because my husband and I prefer different type mattresses). Not sure if I want my bed knowing what I'm up to ... although it could be a boon for all those Jerry Springer type shows. Ha!
Thomas Claburn
50%
50%
Thomas Claburn,
User Rank: Author
7/14/2014 | 7:43:10 PM
Re: Internet of Household Things
There are a lot of appliance modifications that would be fun. However, few such scenarios require Internet connectivity (even if they would be better offering local wireless connections rather than a USB connection). Applicance data really should be accessed and stored, to avoid privacy and security issues. The cloud should not be the default setting for the Internet of Things.
Lorna Garey
50%
50%
Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Author
7/14/2014 | 4:24:10 PM
Re: Internet of Household Things
For three hundred bucks on top of the already pricey set, it better be able to. We shall see.
Laurianne
50%
50%
Laurianne,
User Rank: Author
7/14/2014 | 4:21:33 PM
Re: Internet of Household Things
Interesting Lorna. Can it tell your movement from the labrador who is chasing tennis balls earnestly in his sleep?
Lorna Garey
50%
50%
Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Author
7/14/2014 | 4:18:07 PM
Re: Internet of Household Things
We just bought one of those mattresses where each side can inflate or deflate. For an additional $300, you can get hardware built in that senses your movement and, presumably, texts your phone to stop already with the coffee after 2:00 in the afternoon (and yes, we bought it).
Laurianne
50%
50%
Laurianne,
User Rank: Author
7/14/2014 | 3:36:48 PM
Re: Internet of Household Things
Here's one hack I wish I could make to my relatively new washer: I can't switch out the chirpy tune it plays when the cycle ends. I'm not sure I want to know how my laundry habits correlate with other data in my life though.
Ariella
0%
100%
Ariella,
User Rank: Author
7/14/2014 | 12:55:23 PM
Internet of Household Things
I'd like my laundry to communicate directly with my washer, which should then pass the washed clothes onto the dryer. And here's the part I most want: another appliance that folds everything neatly and puts it away -- first ironing whatever needs it.  I think that's the effect they got  from one machine in "Lost in Space." 
InformationWeek Is Getting an Upgrade!

Find out more about our plans to improve the look, functionality, and performance of the InformationWeek site in the coming months.

News
How CIO Roles Will Change: The Future of Work
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  7/1/2021
Commentary
A Strategy to Aid Underserved Communities and Fill Tech Jobs
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  7/9/2021
Slideshows
10 Ways AI and ML Are Evolving
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  6/28/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Slideshows
Flash Poll