The Internet of Things (IoT) has it gone too far?

I know what you are going to say, an Internet connected Bicycle

Firstly I’m not going to be talking about Internet connected phones, media players etc because they are useful

This is going to be primarily consumer focused, but lets start off with business opportunities. BlackBerry Radar allows a business to track their shipping containers. BlackBerry say;

BlackBerry Radar® is a complete asset tracking solution providing reliable visibility to trailer, chassis, containers and equipment. These ruggedized devices are easy-to-install, low maintenance and long-lasting to minimize operational disruptions and maximize your ROI.

All sounds good!

I feel it was a missed thing. BlackBerry had QNX installed in the vast majority of automotive. What if corporate fleet management or hire car companies could manage their cars, including possibly tracking where they were, using a Unified Endpoint Management System. Yes Privacy issues arise, but that is for the corporations to sort out

I’m not going to even suggest that UK Railways are IoT because they would probably run better and on time.

So firstly I’m going to start off with things I think are useful connected to the Internet to the consumer, people… because that is who the customer is.

Ok to me …

I love cooking. I Sous Vide my steaks, fish, chicken etc and it tastes almost as good as a top quality restaurant. But Barbecue is where my heart is. I recently went on holiday, took my Mum and dog and I did all the cooking. On the BBQ. A Cadac Carry Chef where I have the Grill Pan and the Chef Pan. The Chef Pan is Ideal for cooking a 1 Pan cooked breakfast (English Breakfast to any Americans reading, I’m not talking about hash browns, pancakes, corn beef hash or anything else) Bacon, Sausage, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Fried Bread and Fried Eggs all cooked together, but I am getting sidetracked.

Above is a Green Mountain Grill Jim Bowie Stainless WiFi. Wood Pellet driven smoker / grill / bbq / braii ‘to all my south african friends’ You can program it from your phone and it will even send you a message when your meat is cooked (Now this could be 36 hours later if you are doing a slow cooked pulled pork belly). What is not to like?

What is next on the list?

Nest Products

How can you not love what Google are doing with the Internet of Things? Security Cameras that you can track with your phone, upload to Google’s cloud and even have your own CCTV security system at home. I have one using an NVidia Shield TV running Android TV. It will even put the screen up from your doorbell camera while you are watching TV (how many people do not hear the door bell when watching TV?) Thermostat if it is too warm or cold, you can just say “Ok Google” and the rest is done. Having a lock unlock as you approach it with your phone in the pocket is a nice thing, but what if you forget your phone. 1 is the house unlocked and would the Alarm System alert the authorities if your place was burgled? And what if they decided to burn your house down to erase the evidence? Would the smoke/ fire alarm still alert the authorities…. if you had left your phone at home.

So that is Nest… the next is Phillips Hue

What can I say? You can dim / change the colours of the lights, but best of all. I press play on a movie using PLEX and it will automatically dim the lights… like in a cinema (using IFTTT)

And next, for me…. and of course, I have an Apple Watch. Apple have gone to town on health as they saw a gap in the market but have they also gone too far (More of that later) It will tell me if the Ambient sound around me will damage my ears, or if I am going to have a heart attack… I got health conscious after a scare last year, so bought myself an Omron M7 Intelli IT Blood Pressure Monitor. You can take it day / night and I’m happy mine is normal 120/78 with average 88 BPM and 59 resting rate.

And lastly, my Kiwi Wifi. OBD-II connecting Wi-Fi dongle. Allows me to connect my phone or iPad to the car, can do diagnostics and even have a Nissan Skyline GTR type instruments

So why am I having a “debate” about the Internet of things? Lets start with the Griffin Toaster

Their blurb says; Join the upper crust of society with the Smart Connected Toaster from Griffin. Featuring Bluetooth technology for remotely controlling temperature, bread type and much more, wherever you are in the home or office – all from your iOS or Android smartphone. You can even put your bread in at night an it will have toast in the morning… problem is bread in air overnight goes stale – can you imagine the “Upper crust” – pun not intended eating stale toast? Why does a toaster need to be internet connected? Do you want to check if your partner is eating properly?

Next it even gets worse…..

An IoT connected kettle. Do you really need to tell the kettle to boil water as you are 5 minutes from home? Remember the water has probably started going stagnant and caught flies.

Fridges that can automatically order from Amazon when you have run out of milk, cheese and wine are good because lets face it Hotel Mini bars have had that technology for years, but a toaster and a kettle? What next? Washing Machine, Dishwasher?

Edited. Before you get too excited, you can get an IoT (Ok Bluetooth connected toothbrush) that will tell your Apple Health App if you are brushing your teeth properly. Does anyone need an iPhone to tell them they are brushing their teeth properly?

Colgate say…. “The Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 offers Artificial Intelligence technology built into the handle that works with an app on your iPhone or iPad to help you manage your oral health more effectively. Designed with the help of dentists, the brush also features sonic vibrating technology to thoroughly clean and protect your smile.”

But, it gets worse! There are some websites on the Internet that may have some use for it…. but not Apple Health in my humble opinion. It looks like a Dunlop tyre and I have always been a Michelin fan. Ladies and Gentleman, let me introduce you to the “I.Con”. I’m not saying more, Google it!

By the way, I am in no way endorsing any of the products mentioned. Especially the last one.

So that is my take on the Internet of Things (IoT) Comments are welcome

I had to put one final edit. No post on the internet is worth anything without a cat video. I give you the SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Connect. I like this: The Microchip Cat Flap Connect links to the Sure Petcare app via a Hub, allowing the user to lock the cat flap remotely from anywhere and receive notifications when their cat enters or leaves the house. Activity graphs give owners an overview of their pet’s normal patterns of behaviour, helping them to notice changes which could be a sign of illness or distress. In multi-pet homes, certain cats can be kept indoors whilst allowing other cats to come and go freely. It’s the perfect addition to any smart home.

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