This IOT is not about small things becoming electronically enabled, thats just embedded techonlogy making inroads but its about these things to be able to communicate and respond with each other and it's master (assuming there is such a thing). For this it requires the embedded processing to penetrate into a lot of things which does not have them and also a way for them to be connected which gives it much of its power.
We are still in a nascent stage of IOT and questions like this are bound to be asked but I think its not us who want answers to those but our children or grand children. And for that to happen we have to start now. We are in the 1960s of IOT so relax and watch the developments.
"I don't want my fridge to dictate what I should be ordering!"
You are the one who would dictate to the fridge what it would be ordering. The "smartness" is only sensing when you are getting low - based on your programmed criteria - on a particular item(s) that you presumably use regularly and are about to need more of. This is more convenient than manually adjusting an automatic subscription delivery service, which is typically set up at "non-smart" fixed intervals (every three months, six months etc.).
@rich.pell, I get that. But as someone who is responsible for stocking a fridge at home, I often change where I buy my milk (i.e. i don't want my fridge to order milk every time from the same vendor, for example, like amazon!), kinds of yogurt and/or ice cream I eat, and eggs I need.
I guess where our viewpoints differ is this: stocking a fridge is not much of a chore for me. I am more concerned about whatever might happen to the joy and freedom of shopping!
Maybe you could have Weight Watchers stock your fridge to help with your diet. Weight Watchers could put automatic lock on the fridge to help you from overeating their delicious meals ....maybe Weight Watchers would own your fridge. The fridge is just the endpoint in the Weight Watchers distribution chain. The fridge is free to you if you let Weight Watchers sell you the food. I can see it now. Ugh
@Susan: first off, I am looking forward to tomorrow's Radio Friday, this is going to be quite a discussion topic in the days to come. BTW, you should seek a commission from Weight Watchers!
The fact that many of us (non-EETimes staff!) posting comments on portals like these says one thing -we are spending way too much time in front of a screen! I am with many commentors below, I don't want my refrigerator ordering food for me. What happened to the the good old fashioned practice of going to a grocery store and get what we need while we also burn a few calories?
I do agree with one point made above in the article: IoT has its place but I seriously doubt whether consumers would adopt in big numbers for their washers and dryers. Energy saving for these appliances can be done by monitoring their power ports which are already implemented for example in GE washers.
The standardization not about washers talking to grills, but about all grills talking the same and all washers talking the same language.
When each catagory of Thing, (washer, grill, thermostat, etc...) talks in the same language then your smart-phone, home controller, etc will work together as required for you. This results in a plug and play experience where there is little or no configuration required.
A side benefit of the common language, is that potentially your washer and grill can share information, but this is not the primary motivation of having a common/standard language.
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.