Last year at CES, Samsung Electronics President & CEO BK Yoon, made a pledge to continue to support IoT, admitting that it has the “potential to transform our society, economy and how we live our lives." For Samsung, this pledge has inspired a belief that their IoT growth will be a combination of openness, cross-industry collaboration and – most importantly - people.
As part of this commitment, Samsung Electronics is targeting to have all of their electronics, including TV’s, IoT enabled within 5 years. But we don’t have to wait that long, as Samsung already has their SmartThings suite of products, that are connecting devices throughout our homes. These connected objects are helping to create a more intelligent environment that is constantly adapting, and readily accessible by homeowners. So their vision to grow this connected experience across their entire catalog of electronic devices is not a pipe dream, as much as the appropriate next step. But how will they accomplish this in such a short timeframe?
One answer might be unveiled next week as Samsung hosts their Developers Conference in San Francisco. It is expected, that Samsung will announce a new open source IoT OS. This new OS will provide the platform for exploration that many developers have been craving, as they've explored programmatic frameworks with which to tinker, collaborate and ultimately create the next wave of connected devices and connected people.
And as exciting as this is for the electronics industry, the good news is that this platform will now open up exploration for all industries. We’ve already seen automotive giants like Ford embracing the IoT’s, as they've committed to more personalized and longer lasting brand experiences through intelligent and adaptive in-cabin technologies. Google and Levi’s are exploring connected fabrics that will embed technologies into the clothes we wear. And, for those who feel that IoT might be a bit too invasive, organizations like Harman, are working very closely with healthcare partners to alleviate this concern by further detailing the immense possibilities that learning objects can bring. In their case, Harman is developing practical strategies that will create intelligent and contextual solutions that will increase efficiencies, lower costs and ultimately improve patient care.
With this new OS, we will see the imprint grow even wider; and predictably even faster!
To say that I am excited about next weeks' Developers Conference is an understatement. I’m looking forward to being immersed in the world of development and creativity for the Internet of Things. More to come in two weeks on this topic when i return!