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Startup Gets $5.4 Million Funding To Build an Internet of Things

     
2:45 pm on Jun 6, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Ha! I love that, and Internet of Things.

It's about time more 'things' were connected and it seems to me we're still way behind where we could be, imho.


Ayla’s mission is to build an ecosystem for the Internet of Things. Today, the startup emerged out of stealth mode and revealed $5.4 million in financing. Ayla’s platform enables manufacturers of household products, like appliances and thermostats, to turn them into connected devices.

“The Internet of Things is inevitable,” said CEO and cofounder David Friedman in a Q&A. “In just a few years, the cost to add connectivity will be so small, that it will be built into almost everything. Apple, Amazon, Nest and even Google have developed breakthrough products — we let appliance makers do the same. This will allow the mass manufacturers start to develop intelligent products. Product design will be fundamentally altered.”Startup Gets $5.4 Million Funding To Build an Internet of Things [venturebeat.com]
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Yes, I really need this so my refrigerator can download a virus from the Internet then have the Trojan payload automatically order $20,000 worth of groceries to be delivered to me. :)
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hehe

Home automation has been around for some while, but net-based solutions ought to be here already. It's going to bring down the cost of the automation.
5:24 pm on June 6, 2013 (gmt 0)

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it will be nice to link up our teapots and toasters in the morning. save us having to make the breakfast
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LOL, be careful what you wish for.....

I saw a science fiction film, years ago, where the lady of the house left the kitchen appliances to get supper ready, for when the family gets home. Being fully connected, she assumed that the freezer would defrost the food, etc, and pass it to the cooker to cook, perfectly timed for supper.

Unfortunately, the freezer fell out with the cooker, over something or other, unrelated, so they stopped talking to each other.....

No supper.......... :(
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In a few years there'll be threads on how to ban sandwich makers from scraping their site.
9:08 pm on June 7, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Or someone hacked my refrigerator to open my garage door and stole all of my crap.
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The home security business is about to take on a whole new dimension.

I've been taking bets with me and myself about whether the 'things' will come with lockdown or wide open as the default connection...

Plus the home appliance pitch will go from 'free for 2-years OAC' to free with personalised localised ads or free with a 2-years subscription to the local superstore...
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New tech is great but sometimes the saying "if it isn't broke don't try and fix it" applies. I used to love opening the hood on my old 72 f-250 just stare at it, what a beautiful thing that was with all 15 or so wires. A vehicle is not a great example but too many thing being over engineered and over complicated.

I don't need a fridge to tell me out of milk, it's just something else to break.
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a lot of technology just seems to be about making things do other things, that other things already do perfectly well.
phones become cameras... radios become alarm clocks... watches become calculators... cameras can send email... TVs can browse the web...
maybe we'll just end up with one big machine that does the whole lot
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The internet of things - enhancing the surveillance grid.