Will the Internet of Things Give Us Back Time?
Ever since the Industrial Revolution and the invention of labor saving devices, we have been sold the idea that our inherent laziness will be rewarded with more free time. Vacuum cleaners saved hours of beating rugs, washing machines saved hours of scrubbing and the Internet has saved us many hours of searching for pictures of cats in our local libraries. But do we have more free time? I think the answer is no, so why should the Internet of Things give us any more time? In reality it probably won’t, but now, rather than saving huge chunks, now we will save incremental moments.
Devices like the Google thermostat will determine when we’re near our residences and save us the pressure of entering a cold building, and as you walk up to your door it can now automatically unlock and open before the hallway lights are switched on. So now you’re being saved the hassle of finding your keys and reaching out and flicking a switch.
But just in case you need to save more minutes and make your life a little easier as you rush around with your always connected devices secured to your person but somehow never find time to visit a website to order to your necessary items, Amazon is there to help you.
Amazon Dash buttons are the next must have gadget that will save you the time it takes to get online and place an order for your missing item. These stickable buttons, available for a specific range of consumables, adhere to the side of your appliance or workspace and when pressed will send a signal through the power of Wi-Fi to your account at Amazon where the goods will then be dispatched.
Amazon, seem to have taken this technology from a new startup which has used crowd sourcing to fund the idea. As the video shows the whole purpose of Flic buttons is to save micro-time. Through their app, the Flic button can be configured to perform a wide range of tasks from taking a selfie, to switching off all household appliances when you leave the building, or switching your phone to navigate or music modes.
But what will you do with these saved up micro-moments?
Watach the Official Video: Flic - The Wireless Smart Button
(By Stuart Carruthers, Technology Writer, Advantech Industrial Automation Group)