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ChrisMurphy
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2/23/2015 | 5:58:10 PM
Re: Aren't sensors enough
I think that's going to be a moving target Doug -- in some cases, it might be cheaper to do more computing on the edge of the network, so you're only moving data that matters, rather than extending a huge network pipe out to some remote corner of the world where you're monitoring something. 
Brian.Dean
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2/23/2015 | 5:47:32 PM
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Great point @Curt, the likelihood is very high that the IoT will generate value in a completely unexpected product or service. I feel that high gain value sources might even emerge from procedures and processes. For instance, the IoT might create a situation where collecting census data becomes infeasible.

This makes selecting the right building blocks an important process and developers will have to consider a large number of variables and build expandability into their product/service/procedure.   
Kelly22
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2/23/2015 | 5:47:13 PM
Re: Computers Everywhere
I'd agree with you on that, Chris. Energy savings are great, and no doubt people value that, but ultimately convenience will be the force that encourages consumer adoption of IoT. If it makes something easier, people will want to try it.
D. Henschen
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2/23/2015 | 4:32:24 PM
Aren't sensors enough?
When I think IoT, I think of Internet- and network-connectable sensors, not tiny computers that give devides onboard computing power. GE's Intelligent Platforms business, for example, makes available mobile- and network-connectable sensors for heat, vibration, RPMs and what not. You need to computer somewhere to consolidate and analyze all those signals, but the remote devices may need only connectivity, not computer power (however tiny). 
ChrisMurphy
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2/23/2015 | 3:59:18 PM
Re: Computers Everywhere
I'm betting on convenience as the force that will drive consumer IoT, much more so than energy savings. If energy savings come along for the ride, great, but otherwise most people choose convenience over energy savings every day.
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2/23/2015 | 10:52:20 AM
Re: Computers Everywhere
BrianDean, yes energy applications have the most potential since it is a major cost to many households and if IoT helps in reducing energy costs, consumers will invest heavily in these applications. The impacts on industrial sector can be even bigger.
WaqasAltaf
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2/23/2015 | 10:43:26 AM
IoT and Open-source
Curt, the flourishing of open-source systems has encouraged amateur developers to test their skills. I think IoT will encourage them further to test their practical capabilities in a way that helps consumer and industrial market and in return they can make the name for themselves.
Curt Franklin
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2/23/2015 | 10:38:33 AM
Re: IoT based devices
@Gigi3, you're absolutely right: Connectivity is the defining characteristic of the IoT. One of the advantages that most of these building blocks bring is that they allow designers to add networking using the same protocols and standards that they use in office networking. The downsides to that are that the protocols tend to be "heavy" in comparison to the data being moved, and hackers also understand these protocols very well.

In my mind, the biggest hurdles to IoT acceptance are going to be privacy and security related. If people don't trust that the data moving between sensors and controllers is safe, they're going to be very reluctant to instrument more of their lives.
Curt Franklin
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2/22/2015 | 11:25:43 PM
Re: Computers Everywhere
@Brian, I think one of the most exciting things about the IoT is that the "killer app" is likely to be something none of us has thought of, yet.

I certainly hope that energy use is the target of a great deal of the activity around IoT. Behind more thorough instrumentation, greater machine intelligence, and battery technology like that now being put forward by Tesla, there's at least the possibility of a real breakthrough in the relatively near future.
Gigi3
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2/22/2015 | 11:10:06 PM
IoT based devices
"The "Internet of Things" is, in reality, the rise of embedded systems. Taking a small computer and embedding it in a formerly un-computerized object allows us to control the object, gather data from the object, and ultimately tie the object to other things through a network or the Internet."

Curtis, connectivity is the major part in IoT. So any devices having this connectivity module can come under the preview of IoT.  It can be of network connected or self talking through various sensors.
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