Junko Yoshida, Chief International Correspondent
EETimes (1/9/2015 03:00 AM EST)
CES has a lot connected hardware but where is the 'oh, that's really easy' surprise?
LAS VEGAS — The International CES exposed how far its aspirational promoters still are from the reality of the “Internet of Things” (IoT).
As one executive in the electronics industry, who asked for anonymity, put it, “We don’t have the iPhone moment yet for IoT.”
Ian Drew, chief marketing officer at ARM, observed, “There is a lot of [IoT] hardware on the show floor. They’re everywhere. And obviously, they connect. But we haven’t had that ‘oh, that’s really easy’” surprise when it comes to using any of those connected devices.
While a “low-level” foundation for connectivity is coming together, as seen in Thread, “we are far from seeing the emergence of high-level software” that makes IoT easy. Drew explained. “Today, everyone’s IoT devices are talking within his own ‘open’ ecosystem.”
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