You may be hearing plenty about the term Internet of Things lately, yet not really knowing what it means. Perhaps it should have been called the Internet of Connectivity when you consider it describes certain things in our homes connecting digitally in ways we wouldn’t have dreamed just two decades ago. Creating a connected home has been a top priority for certain industries designing items with automation control features through our mobile devices.
Some people think this is going to open the floodgates thanks to Google recently buying Nest, a home thermostat you can control from afar. The only question now is whether it can really make a difference in bringing The Internet of Things to the forefront or if the consumer market will ultimately be more circumspect. With the recent proof of the NSA looking in on us, would there be a reluctance to have all of our home devices controlled through the Internet where monitoring our habits could be common?
The Difference in Home Energy Efficiency Devices
What makes the Google acquisition of Nest so interesting is that there’s a reported commitment to keep all the user info in the thermostat as private as possible. Only the information that can help improve the user experience will ever be tapped, says Nest when working with Google on the purchase.
Even if that still might not persuade skeptical buyers, panic might be avoided based merely on what Nest is. Considering it controls heat and smoke alarms, it won’t be the same as a database containing our Social Security numbers or banking information. If there’s any attempted spying on what people do with Nest, it only falls under what our heating habits are. Any information gleaned from that wouldn’t tell our government very much, other than how cold it is in certain parts of the country.
This works much differently from the Internet of Things concerning our entertainment habits or what we’re looking up online. In that regard, the Google acquisition of our heating might be the real answer in gaining a foothold for the Internet of Things push.
And then there’s another reason why this Google move was a smart one: The wants of the consumer in being more energy efficient.
Is Energy Efficiency the Key to Selling the Internet of Things?
Everyone wants to save on their heating bills, and Nest promises to help in that department through its automated and universal control. It’s the ability to tweak our home devices in subtle ways so they operate only under certain conditions that may make the Internet of Things fully come to mainstream life.
Once the public realizes this, the fear of anyone looking in may be tucked away. It works similarly to the cloud now where the wow factor convenience of what it can do far outweighs the still bothersome issue for some of hackers compromising information.
This frame of mind may be what really expands the Internet of Things into the mobile world. We may develop a philosophy that accepts risk as a part of life in order to obtain complete control in every other aspect of our lives.