I am a big fan of the Internet of Things. But this (link to http://www.cassandradaily.com/tech/rain-check) is another example of a technology looking for a use case. For both the Davek and the Kisha umbrellas, they use location to guess whether they have been left somewhere and notify the owner. The Blunt waits for you to look for it before helping out.
As consumers become more comfortable with the Internet of Things, a growing number of smart devices are making their lives more convenient, pleasant, and easy. From sleep monitors to robotic personal assistants, technology is increasingly becoming ingrained in our lives in surprisingly subtle ways. The latest category to get the “smart” treatment is umbrellas, which can now do everything from detect the weather to help owners find them.
Nearables is a cute name for a product developed by startup Estimote, along with its partner – design firm IDEO. Nearables are an application of beacon technology that I hope evokes some thought to take you through the weekend.
“Beacons are a little bit like URLs for the physical world,” says Steve Cheney, cofounder and senior vice president. “We don’t know exactly how it’s all going to work out, from the experience level, but I think the apps you use the most will start to integrate beacon technology in a way where you assume it was always that way.”
Stanley Bing’s “While you were out” column on the Fortune Magazine back page is always good for a laugh and his dystopian vision of our smart home future is a good one. But the truth is that we do need to be thinking about these implications as we move Internet-enabled appliances and smarter homes. The definition of “smarter” really depends on how we implement these technologies. We need to be just as aware of personal preferences and sensitivities as we are of traditional HF performance measures like learnability and task time.
I went to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and all anybody talked about was the Internet of Things. Yes, it looks like the day is finally here when every Thing we own has a tiny silicon brain that can think and talk to you and, more important, to all the other Things, and all is connected with the great web that unites us.