The Internet of Shit...05 Apr 2016
I’m a bit of a geek, obviously. I’d love to have my home automated and live in a kinda Jetsons-esq utopia where toast popped out of the toaster, timed to my tea brewing, both drone’d over to my desk as I sat down of a morning. It’s not going to happen though, and not for ages. Like everything that’s gone before, we’re lost in a sea of conflicting standards, devices that don’t inter-op, walled gardens and lock-in. I’d quite like remote, coloured light bulbs, but not the sort a 5yo could drive-by hack.
And then there’s shit like Google closing down Revolv (a home hub and suite of apps for home automation). This isn’t exactly surprising behaviour from Google. That 300 quid hub you bought, well, it’s not making enough profit so, fuck you. We’re bricking the lot. Any Google ‘customer’ should be used to it by now.
Annoyingly, there are a bunch of device agnostic home automation standards floating about, and there has been for YEARS. Even though I’m hopeful the maker and/or OS community will create really compelling stuff, without the muscle and distribution of a big company - who have no interest in playing well with competitors - it’s going to be a mish-mash of shite for the foreseeable.
And none of it’s going in my house… :(