However, on returning home, I couldn’t easily decide which electrical item I wanted to be able to turn off from a hotel room in San Francisco, or measure its energy use from a bar in Boston. Dazed and confused, I decided the only option was to give the plug to my 11 year old daughter; who quickly decided that if she plugged her bedside lamp into it, she wouldn’t have to stretch two feet every night to turn it off and could do it from her iPod touch. The genius of a lazy 11 year old always seeks to amaze.Anyway, the $50 plug has been put to good use, but, I have to say I haven’t rushed off to buy anymore just yet. Neither has my daughter asked to save her pocket money to extend intelligence in her bedroom any further. That same week, Logicalis UK published its Realtime Generation 2015 report, the annual survey of the social, digital, technical and educational aspirations of the UK’s 13-17 year olds, a group that the report re-titled the Generation of Things (GoT). This was due to the generation’s ubiquitous digital outlook on life and the vast array of digital devices and data at their disposal. Most importantly, it was because of the attitudinal changes the generation had embraced. One finding that jumped out at me was that the GoT’s attitude to personal data. Some 72 per cent of the GoT are happy and willing for their personal data to be shared with organisations as long as that organisation uses that data to provide them with a more personal or improved service. Six in ten would be confident to share personal biometric health data to be shared with health providers, again as long as that sharing resulted in a tangible health benefit. Read more about the IoT:
- Internet of Things: : “The implications for business are massive”
- PR and the Internet of Things
- How the Internet of Things will impact a number of industries
Chris Gabriel is CTO at Logicalis UK.
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