Maker IoT vs Product IoT

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There's a HUGE difference between creating an advanced Maker project in your garage and making an actual product. There's also a difference between making something for the sake of making it vs making something that actually simplifies or improves our lives. Neither of those points seem to be resonating in the current IoT product landscape. From juicers that won't juice to pet feeders that don't feed your pet, I fear the damaged perception of what the Internet of Things really is could slow advancement and adoption. This is my 2017 rant on the topic. My favorite quote that fell out of this was:

Getting your crappy product to market faster than everybody else's crappy product means we just have a whole lot of crappy products.

If you don't follow @internetofshit you definitely should. Great content that reminds us we have a long ways to go in the Internet of Things space.