Tuesday, February 17, 2015

My request to everyone involved in the creation of Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming soon and, in some ways, already here. It’s not just about making smart devices, but they also need to be aesthetically pleasing, so it seems. Look at the Nest products or the recently announced Eero. But there are some questions I have.

What if I buy a Nest thermostat and maybe even their smoke detector, does that mean the rest of my smart home products also need to be from Nest? Will it be possible for all my devices to seamlessly communicate even though they are not made by the same manufacturer?

As long as there are no standards, Microsoft, Apple and Google are willing to fight for that. Also, how will devices communicate with each other? They don’t need WiFi for that. I imagine one central hub that connects to the internet and all communication goes through that hub.

In the ideal situation, I think we need something like W3C, but new versions of the technology should be introduced faster.

There are multiple efforts for home device communication standards and undoubtedly more are on their way, but for users it should be effortless. We only need one technology that works well, like WiFi.

It’s only a matter of time before the next smart household device is announced, but let’s not waste years arguing about what should be this standard. This does not benefit any of us.