The Internet of Things is about a lot more than just turning things on and off through your smart phone. Convenience certainly is a major advantage, but so is security, peace of mind, and operating the various parts of your work and life with greater efficiency. Mobile apps are clearly major drivers in the growth of IoT, but the physical Web will use embedded tags to manipulate URLs and connect directly between the device and the Web.
Yet, there’s that old saying that applies in the current IoT environment: to a man with a hammer (in this case, a smartphone), every problem looks like a nail (or, rather, an app). This is applicable in the IoT market because for so long, the connected product paradigm required the use of a mobile app for monitor and control. It seemed that that was the end of the story – give me a device, an app, and let me play with it. The truth, however, is that the mobile app doesn’t need to be the only thing driving usage for a connected product. A connection just needs another connection, and when those things meet, therein is the interaction, as well as the value.
At Arrayent we are fond of saying that a wall switch is pretty hard to beat. So we were gratified to see at CES 2016 Arrayent customer OSRAM announced ZigBee wall switches to that lights and app can stay in synch. We all know about Apple Siri, but Siri resides only on a smartphone. The Amazon Echo took control took voice control a serious step forward in 2015. The Echo features connections to smart devices such as WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, and Wink. We don’t count out Google, Apple and Microsoft. So we do expect a lot more innovation to come on the user interaction side.
It’s a safe bet that you will no longer “need an app for that.”