Re: I have actually thought of an IoT that might be useful
How about a cooker that detects a ring/oven has been on with no pan on/in it for x minutes and turns it off.
Even simpler, and no net connection required.
Get with the times, Grandad, this is 2017 not 1997!!
The ONLY CORRECT way to do what you suggest would be:
- tie the cooker to the cloud, so you can check licensing validity every time someone wants to use it,
- make it so that if there's no internet connectivity, the cooker stops working
- mandatory account creation, and the signup process has to gather essential data like: user's date of birth, taxpayer ID number, blood type
- (oh, and require use of a credit card when signing up - even if it's "free" - gotta cover your bases if your shareholders decide, 6 months down the line, that the service needs to be monetised)
- control the cooker using a shiny iPhone app thrown together in 5 minutes by an intern, that communicates with the cooker via your AWS cloud server using cleartext HTML.
- Remember to NEVER release updates or security fixes for it, because you're too busy working on the next gen product.
- get bored of the whole thing 1 year after you launch it and terminate service, effective immediately. (Give users 1 week to get their food out of their cookers if you're feeling generous.)
- Remember to design it so that the cooker becomes completely non-functional without the cloud service.
And of course, it has to be priced at 50% above the top of the market, because it's NOT "a braindead cooker that is effectively rented, not bought, and has a short 12-month useable life" - it's "a premium product that leverages the latest technology to achieve synergy with your digital lifestyle".
Bonus points if you manufacture it in China for pennies.