This Smart movement? It’s dumb.
You probably heard of IoT by now – the “Internet of Things” and how it is going to get everything connected to the internet. Somehow, marketers decided to use the Smart prefix for everything that now has some kind of a chipset embedded inside and a connection that enables other “devices” to interact with it.
The end result?
- Smart Cities
- Smart Frying Pan
- Smart Grid
- Smart Grill
- Smart Home
- Smart Kitchen
- Smart Lawn (yap, heard that)
- Smart Lock
- Smart Oven
- Smart Power Outlet
- SmartSense Motion Sensor
- SmartSense Multi Sensor
- Smart TV
A crop of smartness I found in my feed reader last week. Smart dust anyone?
The problem is, that none of these devices are smart. They are as dumb as ever, doing the things they always did. The smartness happens elsewhere – it happens when they get connected and you place a brain to control them. And that brain usually lives in the “cloud” – not inside the smart devices.
And as Randy Resnick mentioned on a recent post of mine about Smart TVs:
Smart things are like the all-in one printer/scanner/fax.
– They never do all things as well as individual units.
– You can’t easily upgrade a single technology
– and as for the smart appliance OS, I think it’s obvious
— they usually suck
— updates? At their discretion.
What does Smartness entail?
If you want a device to be “smart” (or dumb, with smartness in the cloud), there are some things that needs to be taken care of:
- Security and privacy, a big concern today with
- Automatic and seamless updates of the firmware (another security measure)
- Ability to connect to the larger IoT ecosystems that are out there today