In 2014, Google’s Nest Labs acquired Revolv, the maker of a hub for controlling devices such as lights, alarms and doors. But next month they’re shutting down the web service that powers the device – customers are understandably annoyed. Klint Finley at WIRED questions if it’s too early to adopt IoT, and looks at what lessons can be learned from this.
Nest’s decision sends a pretty clear signal that you just can’t rely on “Internet of Things” things.
The solution is fairly simple: make it possible for the devices to work independently of their cloud services over WiFi or Bluetooth.