Temporal linkages between Internet of Things developments sparked some thoughts.
The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said
(pdf) that, while smart meters were potentially useful for controlling
energy use, they will also "enable massive collection of personal data
which can track what members of a household do within the privacy of
their own homes". Good to see, but is it too little too late to
prevent a) abuse or b) a backlash? Will the utilities become as popular as bankers? There isn't much of a gap now, I suspect.
A Pew report (pdf) on the future of smart homes includes this gem of realism:
of the comments shared by survey participants were assertions that the
Home of the Future will continue to be mostly a marketing mirage. The
written responses were mostly negative and did not mirror the evenly
split verdict when respondents made their scenario selection. Because
the written elaborations are the meat of this research report and the
vast majority of them poked holes in the ideal of smart systems being
well-implemented by individuals in most connected homes by 2020, this
report reflects the naysayers’ sense that there are difficult obstacles
that are not likely to be overcome over the next few years."
You may have missed this website devoted to internet fridges. (Shame virtual fridge never took off - Alan Dix would have been much better than Mark Zuckerberg as the social media czar).
Samsung has launched a smartphone health app.
Huge market for this sort of thing is developing. Next steps presumably
include connecting to things (perhaps using the work at Glasgow
University) and possibly some data-mining of healthcare providers
(whathaveyougotonme.com or somesuch). Such a path would provide market
based 'empowered patient' model, with a user centred approach a
business survival requirement. A user-led mashup tool such as sen.se is likely to figure large.
The People Centred Design Group has distilled its work into a set of recommendations
for the Internet of Things SIG. Still quite thing-centred e.g. "As the
thing passes through its lifecycle, define the end users’ experience...
", and still no mention of HCD standards.
The IoT showcase presentations illustrate the glass half-full situation. I guess that is where we are just now.