“Smart” products, or things connected to the Internet, are ushering in an amazing era of innovation that’ll change the world in many ways – not just be small devices or objects, but things of all sizes and shapes, fixed (meaning not movable) and mobile (but not cellular platform).
By Patricia Handschiegel (Founder & CEO, 9)
There was an article in the Wall Street Journal this past week about entrepreneurship increasing around consumer electronics, or devices/hardware.
Some are connected to the Internet, some are not. All are in part possible because the Internet is here, even if they’re connected to the platform or not.
In the coming year, there’ll likely be much, much more. Most of it will be “smart” products, or things connected to the Internet, which is going to be an amazing era of innovation that’ll change the world in many ways. It won’t just be small devices or objects, but things of all sizes and shapes, fixed (meaning not movable) and mobile (but not cellular platform).
In this time, also, people – especially in the business world – will start to understand and recognize the Internet as an infrastructure platform, not just the software (websites, apps, etc.) that sit on it.
With it, it’ll be more widely understood that the Internet in your car is not about being able to access Twitter, or whatever current market software product/service, but being able to listen to Internet-delivered radio, watch Internet-delivered television in the back seat, being able to take your entire content library with you, video and voice phone calls in the car, directions when you’re lost and all kinds of other things.
This will be the same with houses, buildings, appliances, airplanes, trains, boats, whatever else, in addition to the regular legacy devices that are currently in the market and plenty more to come.
It’s going to be an exciting next few years.
This post was originally posted at 9 blog.
Photo credit: Sean Hobson on Flickr.
About the guest blogger: Patricia Handschiegel is Founder and CEO of 9, a multi-platform media company making things in internet, media, entertainment business, including digital magazine Condiment. She is a serial media and internet entrepreneur with a background in internet telecom engineering and information delivery/communications platform business. She founded social media pioneer Stylediary in 2004, which grew to more than 72 countries before being acquired in 2007.