Smart Dust vision was ahead of the time...it will happen in 10 years ;-)...evolution of the start-company from a futuristic vision to a concerete application specific use in current industries makes a lot of sense
@kris, yes, it WAS ahead of the time 10 years ago; but I think the IoT has caught up with it. My particular concern was if the IoT might have bypassed Dust, but apparently, that doesn't seem to be the case, judging from my conversation with Joy Weiss.
In my personal oppinion a "thing" doesn't have to have an IP address to be part of the IoT. RFID is also IoT - its origin. See Wikipedia. What they do need is a unique identifier. The sensor needs some kind of secure connection through the Internet so it can be accessed remotely. So you can have sensors on Dust in your friedge at home, or WirelessHART in your plant, or on CAN bus in your car, with a connection to a box that has an IP address and is connected to the Internet. This way these sensors can be accessed from anywhere in the world. Preferably through a VPN connection - so you get an IntRAnet of Things. At least in plants this is already happening today. Control valves on offshore platorms are being diagnosed for failures by experts sitting in a cosy office onshore.
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