Those who scoffed that an internet enabled fridge would never happen have been trumped by German automotive parts specialist Robert Bosch. Just announced at this weeks CES is a new division to manufacture a number of products with their own IPV6 address so that they can be remotely accessed for predictive maintenance purposes. Bosch claim that reliability will be improved as individual components can be monitored for signs of impending failure, misuse or contamination.
Critics have been pointing out the obvious security concerns, especially given the recent revelations over GCHQ and NSA backdoor access. Bosch reject any such possibilities saying that their system is based on German technology like the uncrackable Enigma machine and that only their staff in Reutlingen (Germany) would have access.
Estimating that there will be six billion connected devices by 2015, Robert Bosch chairman Dr Volkmar Denner said “new services will emerge that will transform people’s everyday lives and open up huge new business opportunities. These services will rely on the smart networking of devices within wider systems.”
Soon you can expect your rabbit to be recording your every move.