CE Week Panel Tries to Make Sense of the Internet of Things
Now that the Internet of Things is beginning to rise, what does it mean to consumers? That was the subject of a CE Week panel Thursday on The Internet of Things: Now in Control of Your Smart Home.
The panel featured representatives of three big manufacturers in the space: Colin Marshall, Vice President of Oomi (smart home system), Robin Foreman, VP Marketing & Business Development for Sengled (LED lighting) and Matt Swatsky, Director of Product Management, Lutron Electronics (lighting.) They were joined on the panel by researcher Ross Rubin of Reticle Research
and moderator Timothy Torres of PC Mag.
What did the panelists think about the Internet of Things? For one thing, one of them doesn’t even like the term.
Marshall said that he hates the phrase “Internet of Things,” mostly because consumers have no idea what it means. When e-mail was introduced, he said, everyone hearing about it knew what the word meant. “Internet of Things,” though? The phrase isn’t self-evident at all.
“They want something that they can hand to their mom, and have her understand it,” Marshall said.
“The Goal should be making things easier for the consumer,” Foreman added. “Let’s try to demystify the technology, and acronym.”
The panelists also agreed that they’re not that concerned about the different protocols for IoT.
“If there’s mass adoption, format questions won’t matter,” Marshall said.
One thing all of the panelists agreed on was the need for safety and reliability.
"You have to reboot your computer, but you don't want to have to reboot your house,” Lutron’s Swatsky said.
"If it's a smart home, it should work without the cloud,” Marshall agreed.
Here's a video, courtesy of CE Week TV, of the best of the smart home at CE Week 2015: