Posted by: crudbasher | January 11, 2012

A World Where Everything Is Connected

I have been keeping my eyes open for overall trends during the Consumer Electronics Show now happening in Las Vegas. So far, certain technologies such as OLEDs are showing maturity if not widespread adoption. Another trend I am seeing putting computers (and Internet connectivity) into pretty much everything.

Case in point: A company called Withings has created a baby scale that when you weigh a baby, it automatically emails the information to whoever you want. I bet it will even do Facebook status updates. Now I’m betting most people reading this might wonder why this is a big deal. I mean, really it is kind of a silly idea right?

Well here’s why it caught my eye. This shows how cheap it is getting to put smarts into something. We are going to start seeing a flood of new gadgets that are all Internet connected. This will change the way we do thing. For example, an Internet enabled refrigerator can keep track of what you have put in it via RFID tags, then automatically generate a shopping list for you. Or, it can search recipes online and show you what you can make with what food you have. Or it can list items that are going to expire soon. Or it can automatically order groceries for you for delivery or pickup.

Your car is already becoming more Internet connected. It can get traffic information, play music, and make phone calls. Airplanes are already automatically sending maintenance reports to the ground so that when they land, the repair crew is waiting with a part.

There is a term for this. It’s called the Internet Of Things. We are rapidly approaching the point where the number of objects connected to the net is greater than the number of people…

Here’s a great video explaining how this works (H/T ReadWriteWeb)

    • By using the Withings Smart Baby Scale, parents can access their child’s weight readings from any connected device, such as an Internet-connected computer or an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch using the already existing WiScale app. Also, parents can easily communicate the progress of their child’s weight with their doctor, pediatrician, family and friends. The scale can be set to instantly update Facebook, Twitter or send an email to private email addresses with new readings. Parents can attach notes and photos to weight charts to build detailed memories of their child’s growth.

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