As many PacketU readers know, I have been bullish on IPv6 and Wireless due in part to Cisco’s position on the “Internet of Everything”. I even would go as far as to suggest that those technical areas would be a good area of focus for those wanting to prepare for technology trends and meet market demands. This morning I saw a television commercial by Cisco Systems on the Internet of Everything. While I enjoyed this commercial and found it inspiring, I have to go on the record as calling bunk on Internet connected bicycle helmets. Take a glance at the video below (airing on major television networks).
Although I believe connectivity will dramatically increase in the future and that the Internet of things will be a reality, I think we need to keep things in perspective. This commercial demonstrates a world of robots that make decisions based on [pre]programming. I think that several things shown are feasible and beneficial. However when thinking about the case of an IoE connected helmet, I would raise the following concerns.
- Will there be a standard API for protective equipment (heck we struggle with this one in our industry)?
- Powering this would require a small solar cell or require batteries and recharging
- As a consumer, would you pay $50+ for an Internet connected helmet for your child as opposed to $15 for a standard helmet
- How/where would a helmet full of sensors and connected to the Internet be associated with a cyclist (and the associated privacy concerns)
- What information could an emergency room doctor really glean anyway? Impact area and intensity? Could well-trained and empowered EMT’s not provide better information (and assuming they are empowered, make better decisions where they should be transported to)?
- Too many variables that need to be measured to be useful
As I said, I liked the commercial and I think it inspires thinking about new possibilities. I just think we need to think about feasibility as well as what we are trying to achieve. While the Internet of Everything is an interesting concept and the world will certainly become more and more connected, some things will be left to humans and remain manual processes.