Weekend IoT Reading: See the Light


For some reason the Google+ Awesome photo algorithm decided to work its magic on this image I took yesterday of the Dalongdong Baoan Temple (大龍峒保安宮). Probably it was just taking pity on me, for I was disappointed with all the pictures I took there.

It surely can’t be long before truly intelligent cameras hit the market that send an alert to you before you take a crappy shot or better still buff the picture up after you’ve taken it so you can demonstrate your artistic flair to the waiting world.

Lighting plays a vital role not just in taking a good photograph but also in setting the right mood in a store, restaurant, and your living room. In this article, Roger Kay discusses how the new LIFX smart bulb has the potential to save on energy costs, protect your home from burglars, and even spice up your love life. You can find out more about LIFX here.

Is the fashion industry ready to join the wearable technology revolution? According to Stéphane Marceau, co-founder of Canadian startup OMsignal, in this piece in the Guardian, it doesn’t have much choice if it wants to maintain its share of consumer’s purses: “You’re starting to see a displacement of the money spent on fashion – clothes, accessories and shoes – to money spent on smartphones.”

Marrying IoT technologies with clothing is not without its challenges, but Karinna Nobbs, a senior lecturer at the British School of Fashion, concludes it’s an inevitable trend: “As prices come down and as the tech is made more invisible, then it will be more desirable for consumers.”

The main reason that prices are decreasing for wearable technologies is because of the explosive growth of the mobile phone supply chain, which has led to the development of “smaller, cheaper, low power components” that “are enabling everything from drones to wearables to connected home devices, ‘internet of things’, smart TVs and connected cars. And satellites.” To learn more about its disruptive effects, read this excellent article by Benedict Evans.

While you are at Benedict’s blog, you should also check out his thoughts on the new “mental models” that will be required to develop “connected objects” and successfully bring them to market. Hint: making them “tangible” is the key.

Finally, is it too early to pick out the winners and losers in the IoT market? Michael Wolf doesn’t think so; in fact he believes that it’s already well on its way to consolidating in highly predictable ways.

Don’t let that thought ruin your weekend.

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