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My thermostat sent me a friend request!!! (or The Internet of Wild things)

‎03-12-2014 07:32 AM - edited ‎01-27-2015 09:03 PM

By now, you probably know about HP's HAVEn platform and our vision of the Internet of things. If you haven't, do take time to go through the links and read up on all that we are doing here and how it can be useful to you whether you are a developer or data scientist or a CIO.


From the HP Software stables we offer Operations Analytics  and also Operations Log Intelligence which are really first instances of HAVEn apps.


This below, is a light hearted article. So, have a laugh on the things that big data and intelligent devices  can do when their powers are combined--but hopefully will not  :).


WARNING: Some of these thoughts might be scary - not for the faint-hearted.


DISCLAIMER: All characters appearing in this blog are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, or to software or brands is purely coincidental. This is done with humorous intentions and is not meant to malign any human or organization, although some super computers tend to think otherwise.


We all know about Google's data analytics capabilities and you have probably heard the jokes about what happens now that Google bought Nest - the thermostat makers.


  • Will you need to use your login, to control your thermostat settings online?
  • Your thermostat publishes data back to google, that allows them to do targeted marketing to you? [adSense sells sweaters at a discount, when it is cold out in your area]
  • And now for the title of this post! I am getting friend requests from the web-enabled nest device, on my google+ profile.


Let's take this analogy one step further! When playing JEOPARDY with the super computer, a participant on stage is mocked at by the computer, and is shown statistics as to how bad her performance was previously. That's the computer with the competitive neuron, fed on an excellent data stream. Needless to say, the computer wins.



FitBit now tells me to stop moving around and lie down, as my sleep pattern is not all right. Also talks to Siri on my iPhone to set up an out-of-office auto-reply, cancels all my meetings and finally calls up my boss to call the day off. Siri calls up the nearest drugstore and orders sleeping pills for me.


I find it quite comical when Facebook announces to the world how two people are now "friends" - does that mean they were enemies before that?



Think of what it would look like if operations events were sent to the Facebook news reel...



NOTE: for those of you familiar with HP OMi - this is the event browser in HP OMi with some overlay work to add in the Facebook stuff on the right.


Tell me what else comes to mind when devices and big data analytics can go wrong - I love hearing your comments.

About the Author

Ramkumar Devanathan

Ramkumar Devanathan (twitter: @rdevanathan) is Product Manager for HPE Cloud Optimizer (formerly vPV). He was previously a member of the IOM-Customer Assist Team (CAT) providing technical assistance to HP Software pre-sales and support teams with Operations Management products including vPV, SHO, VISPI. He has experience of more than 14 years in this product line, working in various roles ranging from developer to product architect.

on ‎03-12-2014 07:54 AM

Well written Ram.
One more example is your refrigerator ordering milk in the supermarket, get it delivered to your home and use HP software to analyze the whole transaction!

Tal Yacobi
on ‎03-12-2014 09:10 AM

The iBuckle on your belt runs analytics and senses an abnormal increase in tension, texts the fridge to order low fat yoghurt, and posts a whatsapp message to all your Google glasses so that they edit sugar products out of your sight?  

on ‎03-12-2014 10:32 AM

Tal and Girish - thanks for your comments.


Good stuff - keep 'em coming.

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