Posts about Smart Homes

The internet of things (IoT) hyperbole has taken an unexpected twist – very similar to my all-time favourite conundrum, that is, ‘How many mystery writers does it take to change a lightbulb?’ Well, the answer is two, of course. You see, you have one to screw the bulb almost in and the second to give a surprise twist at the end ...
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It's hard to go very far, especially if you work in the IT or telecom sectors, without hearing or reading about the Internet of Things. The IoT seems to be everywhere. And that's a problem. Right now we're at a transitional point in the history of the IoT and, indeed, communications in general. Overlapping trends – including virtualization, machine-to-machine, high-speed networking, mobility as well as very inexpensive processing and storage – have opened the gates to ubiquitous computing. It's redundant at this point to say that the Internet of Things will be big. For folks who want a review of the pretty astounding numbers, check out Business Insider. In an ironic way, this isn't so great. The vision is getting ahead of the reality. Two clichés come to mind: “Be careful what you wish for” and ...
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A great memory of my childhood is watching The Jetsons – fascinated by the space age lifestyle where a robot does the cleaning and other household duties, while a push of a button prepares meals for the family and simply stating a command anywhere in the home results in an action (e.g. “turn off the lights”).
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