It seems to me that not everyone appreciates the difference between the terms "Gadget" and "Gimmick". The true genius lies not not with the engineers who create the products but with the marketing people who persuade people to pay money for these toys.
Replay available now: A handful of emerging network technologies are competing to be the preferred wide-area connection for the Internet of Things. All claim lower costs and power use than cellular but none have wide deployment yet. Listen in as proponents of leading contenders make their case to be the metro or national IoT network of the future. Rick Merritt, EE Times Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, moderators this discussion. Join in and ask his guests questions.