The thing I like about Sherlock is that it isn’t a product you’d typically expect from an accommodation-listing & concierge service like One Fine Stay. Airbnb’s Wishlists feature is nice but it’s something I would expect from a service like theirs. One Fine Stay have ventured into the IoT world with Sherlock, and when I try to think of other services that have done the same, it’s mostly energy-related, like British Gas/AlertMe or Aviva Drive. It’s certainly exciting: electronic keys that allow you to control your doors from afar, making the problem of lost keys or opening the door for people you know when you’re upstairs that much easier.
Alex is a friend of mine and currently sourcing funders for her new start-up, the Good Night Lamp. She gave a talk recently that referenced Roo’s documentation of the fridge of the future (not).
I just came upon this presentation by Adaptive Path and ThingM co-founder Mike Kuniavsky on the Internet of Things, which is becoming a catch-all phrase that encompasses more and more these days, as he rightly says. He talks about the connected web converting products into services, something I’m beginning to think a lot. I went into some of his older presentations, also worth looking at, and especially liked what he says about unboxing and why the phenomenon has lost lustre – because we grew up in a world where physicality of objects was important, but now ‘our objects have become less important than the services they represent’. Also, how one of the biggest challenges in the future is going to be deciding what NOT to do.
Lots of good stuff there.