June 13, 2016

The Internet of Things Isn't Coming. It's Here.



The Internet of Things (IoT) often seems to be a futuristic and exotic concept.  The "Things" conjure up images of robots, self-driving cars and automated workplaces.  Take a quick trip around the Internet and you find discussion of "smart pills" that transmit information when they contact stomach acid to record the time and the medication.  You'll hear about biochip transponders on farm animals.  Smart cars will be loaded with sensors ranging from mechanical updates to actually being self-driving.  We even see "smart trashcans" that will send a signal when they need to be emptied.

But our world is already loaded with Things.  And, as in life, it's often the Simple Things that matter most.  And in the words of the Bard, "Ay, there's the rub." We are rapidly evolving to a network where we have vast numbers of "computing devices" that are inherently unsecured.  Continue reading ...



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Just spent a few hours trying to set up an IoT connection for a clothes washer - "because it was there." Even though it turned out that the washer was not compatible with the app, it was a great example of a "smart home" appliance that is a technology looking for a need. After all, you still have to put clothes in, add the soap, etc. So I am searching for a use.

At the same time, it is yet another example of a huge potential security risk. How do we know that the app and the appliance are "safe" to be on my Wi-Fi network? EVEN WORSE, the washer can be accessed over the Internet.

What's your favorite story of a useless by interesting "thing"?

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