Where Does the Yellow Brick Road to IoT Lead?

Part of the iHive Incubator Posts Category.

In the Internet of Things: Fluidity of Purpose post, my main point spoke a little concerning how I perceive the ever-growing complexity of the Internet Of Things (IoT). I’ll admit there are probably an infinite number of perspectives one could take on that topic.

How would a person start and in particular, what path should a programmer interested in diving into IoT take? Someone after all might be starting out in Kansas and anticipating an adventure on the trip. Someone else might be from nearby Missouri and needs to be shown a great deal first prior to commitment. One approach I recently read about is the The ALLJOYN Open Source Project, briefly described by the ALLSEENALLIANCE as:

“AllJoyn is an open source project for the discovery and interoperability of things across brands, categories and platforms”

Qualcomm apparently is involved with promoting that path. But they are not alone. Apple with HomeKit  and Google acquiring Nest Labs blaze other trails. It takes a certain amount of mind, heart, and courage for a programmer to jump in and devote time and energy with one of those approaches.

According to Daniel Price’s article, 5 Ways The Internet of Things Will Drive Cloud Growth, he assembled some generalized facts about IoT. On that linked page he displays a graphic of complexity for the landscape and says this about it:

The internet of things is the latest term to describe the interconnectivity of all our devices and home appliances. The goal of the internet of things is to create universal applications that are connected to all of the lights, TVs, door locks, air conditioning, and kitchen appliances at once, while also learning peoples’ habits, what they like, and what they do not like. See the infographic below put together by the team of Matt Turck and Sutian Dong at First Mark Capital which helps illustrate this growing landscape.”

So far my theme here revolves around a person taking copious amounts of information into consideration before starting out on a particular path, of which I’ve only mentioned very few options.

It turns out that humans are not the only entities suitable for IoT exploration. This article, Robots Can Learn Faster By Crowdsourcing Information From The Internet, may serve as a wake-up call for humans to previously unrecognized competitors. Can robots find the shortest path towards successfully reaching IoT integration by sampling the very information we might publicize on the Internet chronicling our own progress? How fast might robots compile, absorb, and reuse the content of what this PC World article describes as the face of IoT in 2020? Below is a snippet of what it predicts:

“Intel, Samsung and Dell are among the founding members of Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), which later this year will deliver the first of many specifications for hassle-free data flow between devices, regardless of the OS, device type or wireless communication technology.

The OIC companies will contribute open-source code so developers can write common software stacks for communications and notifications across handsets, remote controls, wearables, appliances and other sensor devices.

The consortium will first establish standards around connectivity, discovery and authentication of devices, and data-gathering instruments in “smart homes,” consumer electronics and enterprises, said Gary Martz, product line manager at Intel.”

I find the future of IoT exciting. At the same time though, it’s difficult to know where to put the best time and effort forward.

Darin Andersen, CEO of iHive/CyberTech here in San Diego assembled a Flipboard consisting of many topics about IoT. Below are a couple of articles from Darin’s Flipboard collection that may help bring focus to something important to us all:

San Diego is a prominent Technology Hub already on the map of IoT. Being a part of CyberHive/CyberTech here in San Diego is a significant part of that Hub. I wrote about that impetus about five week ago on this blog.

In many ways the Yellow Brick Road to IoT has a Center of Activity in San Diego. Stay tuned about news from this region as the future unfolds.

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Using computer technology since June 1980.
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