IoT has gotten a bad rap for supposedly being THE NEXT BIG THING for a while
without a huge impact in the consumer space. My personal opinion is that
Amazon brought the IoT prophecy to fruition when they released the Echo (Alexa).
Now that Google has released several versions of their competing product (and
one for ~$50 as of this writing) I think that having connected devices in the
home makes way more sense. I no longer need to program my thermostat, find
my tv remote, or even grab my phone. I just tell my smart speaker to
set my thermostat to vacation mode, turn on Netflix, or call Terry.
IoT outside the consumer space is a completely different story. It didn't take
long for utility companies to see the benefit of a connected meter that could
be read from a van driving down the street. Similarly, telematics solutions
for commercial trucking (fleet tracking / management) have been around since
everybody's phone was 3G. One of the coolest things I've seen in the IoT
realm was back in early 2012 when Tesla Motors upgraded a prototype model S
from a 400 Nm motor to a 600 Nm motor remotely
one night during a winter test trip.
This is just one example of how, with a connection to the internet, you can
start selling software with almost any product - and that is a very good thing
for your business.
Regardless of the application, every IoT project shares a few requirements.
You must have a connection to the web, you must be cheap, and you usually
must be small and low-power.
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