Thanks to Moore’s Law, many modern 32-bit microprocessors are about the same price as relatively ancient 8-bit devices. But when you factor in design time and system complexity, the true cost of a 32-bit implementation becomes apparent.
Everyone knows how the Web turned the music and movie industries upside-down. Now, the same thing is happening with household devices. If you’re a small appliance manufacturer without a connectivity strategy, beware: You’re already behind your competitor.
Connected devices owe a lot of their popularity to exquisitely well-designed products like the iPhone. That means consumers will soon be holding all the devices in their home to the same high standards.
“Digital information is continuing to expand at exponential levels. Legacy data systems are being brought into new environments, while consumers and businesses alike contribute to new data streams. This massive data pool requires robust, innovative apps that can manage the data and organize it in ways that business professionals can use to make smart, informed decisions on how best to sell their products and services.” http://aonetwork.com/announcing-the-2012-ondemand-100-top-private-companies/
To get connected, you’ve got to make connections. With all the interest in connected devices, established manufacturers are looking for ways to make their products “Web-aware.” That usually partnering with startups who know this landscape. But that needn’t be a scary proposition.
Hardware interoperability was once a bet-the-farm decision for device makers; if they got it wrong, they risked losing everything. But with the modern Web, interoperability has become a non-issue, and it’s now almost impossible to make the wrong choice.