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TommyH
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TommyH   12/9/2011 10:57:11 AM
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I just bought a new TV. It is internet ready to get netflix etc.  I got a home entertainment system to go with it.  It is internet enabled as well.  I imagine almost anything that may want a software upgrade or other data from over the web could use connectivity.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   12/9/2011 3:04:59 PM
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To get completely silly on the Internet of Things, some dot com wizards envision connectivity that can keep track of expiration dates on food in the fridge and let you know when the milk's about to go bad. Some systems have already been developed that run home heating and cooling as a smartphone app connected to your thermostat. You can remotely turn your cooling and heating on and off remotely -- as in heat the house I'm on my way home. Another app is the Internet-connected surveillance cameras that let parents check on the babysitter via the smartphone.


ricardo
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ricardo   12/9/2011 4:20:30 PM
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Zis is how ve vill take over ze vorld!  Ven ve kontrol all zings used by humans, ve vill exterminate zem.

You think I'm joking?  How do you explain the monkeys that now rule in R&D?

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   12/9/2011 6:42:23 PM
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One early role of the Internet of Things, Beth, is going to happen in retailing and in production inventory. If every product has a low-cost RFID tag, then it can theoretically report back to the Internet on its contents and location. That way, every item on the shelf at the grocery store or apparel shop is a known commodity, and can be inventoried by a computer, so that companies know when and where their products are consumed, and when they need to be re-stocked.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   12/12/2011 2:06:06 PM
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Tracking via RFID tags on consumer products is a potentially iffy proposition, at least if companies expect to track their products in people's homes. This is because some people tear off the tags as soon as they get the product home, due to privacy concerns. 


Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   12/12/2011 2:48:10 PM
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Yes, it would have to be on a voluntary basis. Those who want to use the service would be motivated to make sure the tags stay in place. Privacy -- at least on some level -- is a generational concern. Facebook's Mark Zukerberg claims privacy isn’t important to people his age. He backed off that statement when attacked, but nonetheless, he revealed his view and he very well may be right.

That may change as kids get older and find out prospective employers have learned to examine the Facebook sites of candidates.


Alexander Wolfe
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Alexander Wolfe   12/12/2011 4:05:42 PM
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The internet of things does not seem to be taking off in the U.S. the way one would think, given its hype. I think in part this is the expense of adding Internet connectivity to small appliances, but more than that, it's a lack of Internet connectivity on the receiving (receptacle) end in legacy U.S. households. I don't know where the economic impetus will come from to fill in this hole. It's doable; you'd kind of need to deploy PoE (Power over Ethernet). But the numbers just don't work the way they did for, say, cable TV.

Jack Rupert, PE
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Jack Rupert, PE   12/21/2011 2:02:46 PM
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Taking that one step further, Alex, I don't think a lot of consumers see the need for the Internet of Things.  I have wireless access in my house, of course, but I see absolutely no need for my refrigerator to be on it.  I've seen the ads for those that can keep track of what you have, make shopping lists and download recipes, but I don't need any of that.  And after reading all of the monkey-designed washer articles, I SURE don't want anything else for them to get their hands on.

Steve Heckman
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Steve Heckman   12/22/2011 9:55:42 AM
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I agree., I have no interest ijn having RFID tags on everything I own. I took a wireless security class, and one of the things mentioned was some theives were driving around with RFID readers trying to find homes with new televisions. Imagine if they could also hack into your home and shut off all lights before a home invasion? Just because it is possible to do something does not mean we should,

Jerry dycus
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Jerry dycus   12/22/2011 1:51:07 PM
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