Maybe one of the reasons printers have come up so often is related to the difficulties of envisioning how this technology will be useful (not that it won't) in practice. The ability of millions of NFC-equipped devices to communicate is a capability but it will be interesting how this translates into usefuls apps. Lots of possibilities.
Chuck, you mention printers multiple times in your article. Who uses those anymore? I don't think that the IoT was targeted at printers. Those have been around for a long time and the connections between the network and the printer is a pretty well established thing. I really don't want my refrigator to print out an alert at 2AM.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
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