Carbon footprint and genie
Third, we must ask whether the use of such complexity in manufacturing and in transferring work in progress around the world is sustainable? In other words, what is its carbon footprint and is it more than offset by the relatively low levels of energy used when the lights are on?
This will depend on the life of the bulbs. LEDs that last 10 years would be beneficial, but so far not many companies designs consumer goods to last that long
Lastly, and related to the previous two questions, is whether such complexity is worth the trouble. Philips glibly talks about automatic software updates for the hue light bulbs being uploaded wirelessly. Most software users understand devices dependent on software updates can quickly run into problems when hardware and software are out of sync. What happens when the Philips' LED bulb is stuck on rosy-purple because the software update was somehow corrupted?
The fact is that many people will want to try this type of Internet-mediated control. I am sure most early adopters will take to it like proverbial ducks to water while Luddites will stick with tried and trusted technologies.
If this is the beginning of the roll out of the Internet of Things, we should remain circumspect. Hue and the Internet of Things could turn out to be like the genie in the lamp: You get three wishes, but you have to be careful what you ask for.
My desk lamp says I have to end here.
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