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The internet of things is bigger and more diverse than ever, but what are the forces that drive it? Greg Duffy, CEO of DropCam, shared his ideas at Mobilize 2013.

Many of this year’s Mobilize sessions focused on the internet of things, but what exactly is driving it? Greg Duffy, CEO of DropCam, offered his ideas in the final panel at GigaOM Mobilize 2013.

“Imagine a world where all your devices are connected,” Duffy asked the audience. “That would actually be a really stupid world… The average consumer does not want their toilet connected to their toaster.”

Instead, Duffy thinks that we should stop thinking about it as the internet of things and start thinking about it as the internet of useful things. He thinks that the actual hardware isn’t as important as the software powering it. He suggests thinking that way is akin to thinking the important part of the internet is the wires and switches that power it, rather than the information it contains.

But there are lots of challenges we must face, particularly in the US. Duffy said the U.S. is only rated 20th in the world for wireless connectivity, and lack of access to fast broadband holds development back.

DropCam, for instance, uses Wi-Fi to continuously record and upload video to the cloud, which allows you to keep tabs on your home while you’re away. But without the broadband capacity to record and upload this video in your home, or to play it back somewhere else, the technology would be virtually useless.

So while the internet of things is bigger and more diverse than ever, there are still many ideas to consider and many issues to tackle as it continues to grow.

Check out the rest of our Mobilize 2013 coverage here, and a video embed of the session follows below:


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  1. Harsha Srivatsa Thursday, October 17, 2013

    I dont fully understand the concept of useful things. There are things already out there that can be connected to digital universe. Are you saying that these things like sensors, machines etc. not useful things?

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