Rich, while the IoT is a very important and exciting area, which the silicon vendors do love, there is a tendency to take it too far some times. In reality you won't have everything connected to everything. Would you really want to? By looking at the scale from the most extenive set of possible connections you come up with a system that is much too complex to be justified for the utility that is gained. On the other hand, there are natural communities of things that, when connedted, give some useful result. This might include the appliances in my house and the smart meter.
As an example of a non-useful connection, take a game controller and your clothes washer. Even though someone may come up with some convoluted use for this, it is not really necessary or useful.
There was an interesting blog on the Freescale site regarding sensor fusion and the IoT. This is where the real need for those 32-bit MCUs comes in. That will be interesting to watch.
Thanks Richard for reminding us about IOT. No doubt these days we are soo much dependant on it that we merely forget to think about it this is one of the great revolution in the industry . Initially there was a lot of hype of IOT but now this technology has grown up and is matured but with every advantage there is responsibility as well IOT conains alot of information with information there is always security constraints .Security is the major flaw of this technology. If any of your information is present in it then it is very easy for any one to make conclusions about you and get your information as well.
Rob, the first time I wrote about the Internet of Things I was with EE Times, and much of the talk centered on the home, as you suggested. The idea seems to have matured since then, but I think eventually we will come back to that concept.
Hey Rich, I agree we're getting there on the Internet of things. As more devices have connectivity, they naturally become part of the IoT. This happening more and more at plants these days, whether it's remote monitoring of devices or remote maintenance review. The first time I saw the concept was during the dot com days when dot com'ers were predicting a completely connected home. So far, that's not really necessary. But the concept took off in plants because connectivity can improve efficiency and improve optimization. That makes for real motivation.
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