When it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT), it's pretty clear where some engineers stand on the topic, as illustrated by this random sampling of reader comments from this site:
When I first heard about IoT at a recent ARM TechCon, it took me about five minutes to change IoT into "Internet of Digital Things," or IDioT.
The hype promoting useless applications will make it more difficult for legitimate applications to be adopted. Of course, the other problem is the setup. Unless it's "push one button" easy, most people won't bother to set it up.
I haven't read any vision of IoT that sounds exciting for the consumer. It sounds better for industrial uses, but don't they already have sensors, networks, data, and analytical tools?
Design engineers may view the Internet of Things today as over-hyped and still too unreliable, difficult-to-use, unconfigurable, insecure, standard-less, and the source of unnecessary user frustration. But on the other hand, 50% of embedded engineers surveyed recently say that it is very or extremely important to their product strategies today. Moreover, some two-thirds say it will be very or extremely important in the next three years.
Skepticism, apparently, is giving way to a degree of consideration and action. The stats come from a recent study conducted by EETimes and VDC, an IoT market intelligence and advisory firm for technology suppliers and engineering leaders. We surveyed embedded design engineers on their involvement with the IoT today and in the near future.
Click through the slide show for the skinny on everything engineers think when it comes full-scale adoption of the IoT, from the most challenging technical and organizational obstacles to security concerns.
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Engineers' Take on IoT: Survey Results