Before and during CES 2014, I kept hearing the term “The Internet of Things”, and thought it was pretty long for a buzzword. Like most buzzwords, people use them without even really knowing what they mean.
As far as I can tell, and from what I have looked up, “The Internet of Things” refers to the trend in devices to be wirelessly connected together. So all those body monitors, augmented reality goggles, and smartwatches that I talked about at the end of CES 2014.
In the midst of this is Belkin, a company that I reported on before, a long time ago with the Cushdesk and Universal Card Reader. They make something called the WeMo, and it is a method of home control products to monitor cost and usage from a mobile device. WeMo uses the Wi-Fi network to take control of home electronics, and they have a new WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set and Smart LED bulb to manage and control lighting either individually or in groups in a tablet or smartphone.
Belkin also wanted to showcase a WeMo Maker Kit, made for those who want to create devices for WeMo. In fact, there is even a Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker that is enabled by WeMo that could become a pattern for all WeMo products.
Personally, I believe WeMo is the wave of the future, and I believe that most products will be WeMo-enabled. Perhaps this is the age when all devices will be Internet enabled, whether they need to be or not. You can find out more on WeMo here.