Create, collect and consume: the fundamentals of the internet of things
The main aim of the internet of things (IoT) is to provide a benefit to people. These could be anything from saving money through energy savings and efficiencies around the home to providing the most efficient and stress-free route for your early morning commute.
We live in an increasingly connected world, and the IoT is helping us gather crucial insights about our homes, our cities and even ourselves that will help to provide a positive impact on our future.
The IoT has three fundamental elements: creating, collecting and consuming. Without the creation of data, we wouldn’t know about the problems we’re trying to solve or that may be arising. If we’re unable to collect and process the data we cannot generate insights. If there is no way to consume, or use, these insights, then how are we to discover their benefits?
A connected smartwatch such as the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 allows me to create data based on my movement and activities (what many people call “the quantified self”), as well as consume its insights or information, such as selecting the best route for me. Now, many people will say you could just use a smartphone for this, and they’d be right. The difference here is the convenience factor of having the information on your wrist. A watch’s screen may not be the best size for reading the news, but when it comes to following directions when walking around London, it’s perfect.
The real tipping point of IoT adoption for me is when we lose the need to add “IoT”, “smart” or “connected” to a product to differentiate it. Soon we’ll be expecting all of our services to be connected – think about autonomous vehicles now and how, in the future, you’ll look back and wonder how we managed to cope without them. Think back just ten years to when the first iPhone was released: how did we all manage without mobile apps such as Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and Google Maps?
It’s exciting that luxury Swiss watchmakers such as TAG Heuer are embracing today’s increasingly connected culture. TAG Heuer’s expert knowledge of precision engineering and timing could open up new possibilities in sensors and micromachinery that could impact wider industries or products.
I wear the Modular 45 when I’m out and about – not at home – which has shaped the type of apps I have running on it. They tend to be travel-based to help me navigate my way around London. The exceptions are Android Pay and Spotify – I find these more useful on a smartwatch as my phone tends to be deep in a pocket somewhere whenever I want to pay for something or select a playlist.
I’d love to have the Hive app on my smartwatch so I could turn my heating on based on geolocation – my phone is usually low on battery towards the end of the day when I’m most likely to use it!
The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 was simple to set up and configure. I’ve seen other Android Wear devices with the “flat tyre” type of screen which detracts from the overall look. For me, the key thing about any smartwatch is that it has to be at least as good as a standard watch. After all, if it can’t tell the time, what’s the point?
I’ve seen people typing away on their smartwatches, but I’m not convinced. What would make the technology interesting is extending voice-activated services such as Alexa or Google Home to be able to interact with your home while you’re away, as well as not having to yell at a speaker while at home.
Quite a few people have had a quick glance and said “nice watch” without realising that it’s a smartwatch, which is testament to TAG Heuer’s classic design. It’s the sort of watch that you could easily wear to a professional or social event and not be accused of being a fanboy or a hardcore techie.
I like its modular design as it really helps to create a unique piece that stands out. I can envisage a time when such modular aspects extend to other products. Technology is shaping our lives and culture in unbelievable ways, and the internet of things – experienced through well-designed and highly innovative products and services – is just one example that is here, right now.
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