It wont just be our phones that access the Internet; it will be our light bulbs, our front doors, our microwaves, our comforters, our blenders. They all hold as inevitable that everything, everything will be connected, to each other and to the Internet. Juniper research predicted that by 2020, there will be 38.5 billion connected devices.
Right now, says Frank Gillett, a vice president and analyst at research firm Forrester, people mostly buy single products for a single purpose. “It works if you have a specific headache,” he says. “I want to lock my door, or I want to feed my pet.”
He calls these app-cessories. “As a shelf item in an Apple Store or Best Buy, it works. But if you want to make those things sing and dance together, forget it.” Even these simple things aren’t taking off yet: his research shows only 7 percent of Americans partake in even a single smart-home scenario.
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