@betajet thank you for the link... it lit up my day!
But on the serious side, isn't that a design flaw in Segway? I would have thought that the attitude control portion would go to quiescant mode when the Segway is powered off and spring back to life if a weight was sensed on it. The motor drive portion can of course be turned on with the power button.
@Duane Benson good post... you should feel gratified or vindicated (depends on what outcome you really expected!) that some of your prognostications may be realized by some one actually making those you listed!
It's easy to be a Luddite when considering the IOT. It's also easy to come up with examples of ideas that were thought to be lunacy, but at a later date became viable products.
To paraphrase statements I've heard over the years:
"I don't understand why you'd want an answering machine. If it's important, they'll call you back."
"Bar codes will never work in a grocery store because of things that are sold by weight." (this one was me)
"Power steering takes away the feel of the road and makes it more difficult to drive."
"If you try and put a phone and a camera together, you'll just get something that's a lousy version of both."
"Digital video will never work. It takes up too much space." (I got fired once for disputing this one)
I could go on. I expect that anyone reading here could come up with quite a list, as well.
I spoofed a few ideas over on IoTWorld a while back, but despite my sarcasm, I won't be surprised to see variations of all three of my hypothetical products come to fruition at some point. Especially, the "PairMe wardrobe alignment system." I'd buy that now.
Actually, I'm more concerned with a burglar monitoring my sensors to see if I am at home. I don't even like the idea of a security company having access to that kind of information. As I said, a good security model is critical. I've already had something similar to what @DouginRB describes when I had a C-band satellite system that used an RF remote control. It would mysteriously change channels or turn off and on. It turns out that a neighbor across the street had the same system and that there was no keying on the commands.
To some extent I sympathize with your desire to go off the grid. I worked in the defense industry and did enough cyber warfare work to realize what was going on and how far it reached, but realistically the best compromise is to control and protect your systems and minimize the threats.
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