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.
Did I read the same article? I oonly saw printers mentioned once. I think printers are still used quite often. If not then the stores like Best Buy would not sell them. Last time I was in there, they had a good selection to choose from. I guess they are in there for decorations.
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.
Great post Charles. The most encouraging statement was as follows: "Setting up those connected systems to the everyday things in our lives can be tedious," Pradhan told us. "There's always a load of instructions that need to go back and forth between the router and the device. NFC, at a very fundamental level, makes it all easier." The word easier is most appealing. I'm one of those guys who enjoys the outcome of the "new hardware" and not the labor going into setting up the device or devices. Welcome advance in technology.
TI is making an interesting choice here in choosing NFC for its connectivity but I think it makes good sense. As the TI's Pradhan points out, it should make getting all these things linked up a bit easier. I think the idea of connectivity is daunting for alot of device users/makers, and simplifying it will make the IoT become less an idea and more of a reality that much quicker.
Your observation is absolutely right. Even for the tech savvy , setting up the connectivity may be tough. TI has understood the pain point and came up with a solution that will enahnce the workflow by improving the userfriendliness.
It's still painful to set up wireless networks at home sometimes when you buy a router. I can't imagine having to set up a whole device-to-device and machine-to-machine network on the factory floor and beyond, even if you have the know-how. I think NFC can definitely ease that pain a bit.
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