7 thoughts on “A Planet of Connected Devices”

  1. Om likes to mention the Chinese “giants”, but China will never disclose anything beyond inflated figures for anything that leaves its walls, from census to saturation, and we won’t be getting any such open figures from them in our lifetimes. Reciprocally, America does the opposite, specifically now in an overseas open war time. This mootness, however, does not subtract from mobility being a great developed arm of the internet that is having its great era in our present. How this contributes to the future of the other devices that we use, such as the large heavyweights of towers to mainframes and where they fit into an internet inhabited by clouds of mobile devices, would be a welcome insight. You might want to offer an analysis of mobile in India and how open growth has developed there.

  2. A thought: we tech heads have had more than one gadget in our bag for a while. In fact, I’d say pretty confidently, we’ve had more than one gadget connected to the network in our bags for a decent while.

    What was missing was sync: the ability to have the same data on every device. Between Google’s IMAP for email and protocol-agnostic PIM sync, and tools like Dropbox, now every device has all the data on it. Which is what makes it so difficult: should I take my iPad or my netbook? My Android or my iPhone? Earlier, I had to make a choice about the data and thus picking the device was easy. No longer.

    Thank you, Google, Dropbox, and the ilk. I like having this dilemma.

  3. I’m a minority here, for sure. But allow me to question the reason behind going in for a multitude of similar devices. Yes, each device is different than the rest, but the similarity (in most cases) is more than the difference. The question then is:

    Is our love for devices any different than Imelda Marcos’s love for footwear? Nothing wrong with it though. Just that, more often than not, this diversity (an essential part of the evolution) creates more complexity than we really need. Complexity in our daily lives, complexity in technology (ex. the existence of a plethora of standards, de-facto or otherwise), the problems of compatibility etc etc etc.

    Choice is good, but too much of anything is not good. Connected toys included.

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