What’s All this IoT Jibberish

by Colin Berkshire

I keep hearing about the Internet of Things. I don’t really know what that is. The name doesn’t sound too exciting. If it is just putting a cellular modem into something, then it is exciting. Who coined this name “Internet of Things”, Tim Cook?

Why don’t they put a cellular modem into my Apple laptop? Why can’t I have always connected internet, just like on my iPhone. I would pay $5 a month for it to be connected. I know there is this hotspot things you can often coax into working. But I just want it there, always on.

Why can’t my boat have a cellular modem? I would pay $5 a month to be able to locate my grandkids any time they were in the boat…and for them to have a red button to push in case of help (or a water sensor that would do it automatically.)

I would pay $5 a month to have a small fob I could put in my luggage. There are some companies doing this, but they want crazy monthly prices. Oh, get off it. Just sell me the $250 box and put it onto my cellular account for $5, OK?

I don’t think I need my washing machine to be connected via cellular. Nor my refrigerator. Nor my lawn mower. But I like the idea of my car being connected.

My public utility charges me $45 a month for the privilege of being a customer. (That doesn’t include any service, it is just so that I can then pay for service.) I would think they could afford $5 a month of that to read my meters. (Instead of leaving “please leave your gate open all the time for us” messages.)

Heck, I would like TWO SIM slots on my iPhone…one for work and one for home.

I wonder why there isn’t more of these things connected. It couldn’t be sleepy cellular companies, could it?