The Internet of Things involves automating many things but it also involves activities initiated by those connected things.
One of those activities involves the automated buying of things, such as household supplies.
For example, when my HP printer is running low on ink, HP mails me new cartridges in advance. Since the printer is on the network and I signed up for automatic ink replenishment when I bought it, HP does the work of tracking when I will need ink, saving me a trip to the local Staples.
Amazon Dash is a rudimentary form of this, allowing the ordering of a single, pre-programmed item, such as a box of Tide from Amazon with the touch of the Wi-Fi enabled button.
More of this automated ordering of household supplies will be embedded inside smart home gadgets.
Within four years, 50% of everyday essential household consumable products will be auto replenished from the connected home through the Internet of Things, according to Gartner.
By that time, Gartner estimates the global smart home market will grow to near $60 billion and family homes in ‘a mature, affluent market’ could contain several hundred smart objects, with brands and retailers already beginning to take part in auto replenishment initiates.
Hundreds of smart, connected objects in a house automatically ordering things: what could possibly go wrong?