There seems to be an increasing interest in the AppleTV box. Should iOS become a major player in the M2M market? Should iOS become the de facto OS of the M2M devices ? After all, the so called smart watch from Samsung is far from being a commercial success, because it lacks purpose. As the vacuum expands, a new player is called in. Given the lack of interest from Microsoft and Oracle, Apple has a special position in this game, although calling might not be so obvious or interesting. I am sure that were Steve Jobs still here, he would throw the Apple TV in the arena, along with other iOS devices. Sadly, that is not the case and the status quo remains unchanged.
CeBIT will take place in less than two weeks. No direct mention of M2M, but there is no need. The hottest topic of this year’s CeBIT will be the use of Big Data. What to do with such tremendous amount of information coming from so many sources.
How is this related to M2M ? It is more than you think. M2M implies the usage of Sparse Data. Like Big Data, we’re talking about unstructured information. Even if today the two of them seem unrelated one to another, in time, they will converge into a hyper-matrix (a way to organize high volume sparse data ). Until that day, we still need to use what we have, be it cloud or data warehouses.
I’m looking forward to CeBIT.
Good news for M2M fans.
GrDF has selected the manufacturers for its future smart gas meter. The bold project is only in its infancy, but every journey begins with the first step. 2022 seems a distant target, but the prototype is likely to be available by 2015. This is OK for me.
With the launching of the eSIM, T-Mobile has shaped the future. This will make the battle between the few remaining card makers (GiDe, Gemalto, a.o.) even more interesting. Who will prevail ? Future will tell us.
Facebook made a bold move to acquire WhatsApp (See article) This was to be expected sooner of later. In the last five years, all that the major carriers did was what ? deploy 3G, 4G ? Yeah, yeah. The moment when $0 wifi will be everywhere, that day the mobile carriers will be out of business. Yes, you’ve read it right.
What are the services offered by major carriers during the last five years ? unlimlited SMS, unlimited MMS and a big chunk of voice communications. That’s all. Sorry to tell, but today, every 8 out of 10 under 30 uses social means of communication on a more that frequently basis. What does this mean ? It means that each time a new alternative appears, it will get to the masses. A major telco is still limited by the size of its own PLMN. That means it cannot reach more than say 100 million customers and that is for the big players. The smaller ones are in for 50 million customers. That’s all. Compare that with half a billion users most social networks have conquered in a few years and you’ll see the big picture. The top 10 mobile operators have invested jointly 1 trillion dollars in their own networks. And that has allowed sharks like facebook to gain access to hundreds of millions of users, because they are sitting on the shoulders of the giants. Usually, the credit goes to the one they stays visible most of the time. Who is more visible ? Facebook or Vodafone ? WhatsApp or Telefonica. Twitter or that dinosaur I don’t even remember the name ?
Did big telcos shoot in their legs ? I think they did. Will they survive ? It is likely to see in a few years many a telecom company bought by a dotcom 3.0 startup.
Anyway, like one movie character said , this is very sad. But life goes on.
Imagine a M2M device placed under a 4G antenna. What could it do ? How much data is possible to transmit ? At which rates ? 1Gbps. A Full HD movie in 3D ? A panoramic view ? Maybe the 4G M2M webcams have a future when it comes to important landscapes, especially mountains. All this may be possible in the near future.
Today I will talk about one device that tries to break through the ice: The smart watch. Is it a real new product or just a minimized version of the touch-screen phones. For personal reasons, I will not use the word smartphone. So what is so hot about the smartwatches. Or should I spell gadgetwatches… Little matters. They are real. I’ve used google to find five watches labeled as “smart”:
The device is real. People use it. The drawback is the lack of API for it. I am confident that the scenario of the iPhone will repeat itself. The small device is capable of HD images, is small enough to fit into a pocket , weights 300g and coud be put anywhere. Yes, I am talking about AppleTV. It is only a matter of time until this last brainchild of Steve Jobs will reach its full potential. Is there place for another device, next to iPhone, Macbook, iPad, iPod ? Yes it is. Just imagine playing Angry Birds on Apple TV using your hands and voice. Is this a realistic scenario ? Yes it is. Should Apple release it ? Only if they really want the share to rocket by $1000. I’m not so sure about the last part. One thing is sure: wealth cannot come from lack of money. Wealth needs vision, long term plans and enthusiasm. These were thing Steve had. These the fuel of the engine that launched so many products.
Finally, why have nice, useful things when we could still continue to use cheap black plastic computers or phones or game consoles. Have you noticed what the XBox One and PS 4 are made of ? Really ? Do you like the design ? Cause I don’t. And Quality begins with the design. Aren’t Porche and Jaguar and Ferarri the dream of any driver ? Why ? Because of engine’s Gigahertz frequency, RAM capacity ? no. Because of design. This is the fuel of the XXI century.