Continuing shipping tech but defining co-processing devices today…

Yesterday I talked about shipping tech that connects to and uses the processor of your mobile device. Today devices that use and connect with your mobile device but have their own processor and therefore can act independently.

I call this co-processing and this for me represents a different type of device than the traditional connected devices do. The level of independence depends on the co-processing device and its utilization of software on the mobile device.

Smart Watches:

The easy one are the many smart watches available on the market. They have a level of intelligence (they can operate without your mobile device near) but when connected to the mobile device they become an extension of the device. I have and do call this SCRaaS or Screen as a Service, where the screen on your wrist is an extension of your phone. This co-processing device (smart watch) allows you to offload some activities to the watch without the mobile device there.

IoT sensors:

Deployed sensors that collect data. They act independently like a smart watch but allow for greater functionality when connected. The example of this is a device measuring rain fall. It continues to collect the information, but only alarms when the information is out of range or expected band. That engages a mobile device so a human can evaluate the information. The two conditions – lots of rain and no rain are normally the ones you want to alarm.

ROV:

Remotely operated vehicles, or ROV’s. They operate independently of your mobile device or in conjunction with your mobile device. They offer you, these drones, the ability to consider many options. They also allow you to operate in areas that previously were not easily and readily available. Want to see under a boat? Underwater ROV with camera. Want to see damage to a roof? Aerial ROV. Want to drive your family crazy? Send in the land drone! ROV’s can perform many functions on their own, but still require a human to control their motion. Perhaps a set and forget ROV someday…

The experience difference with dependent and co-processing devices is pretty significant. Yesterday I went through a number of products to define the category. Today, I am not naming products rather functionality. The difference being that the three categories that I am using to define the co-processing device space are pretty clearly defined.

As we move further towards the information age the clear delineation between co-processing and dependent devices will grow. Set and forget intelligent devices will report variables that are relevant to you. Dependent devices will interact with you when engaged. So you can look at your always on and monitoring home weather station (co-processing device) or attach a wind gauge (Vaavud) to your mobile device to capture wind speed and direction at that moment.

Another interesting reality is that of built into the mobile device itself. The next capability on the co-processing horizon is the mix of machine learning mixed with co-processing devices. Watching your pulse rate, seeing you bored to tears, your watch notifies you during a burning meeting of an urgent situation that requires your attention. Not a schedule text, but a co-processing device capable of acting on information it is gathering to save you from a really bad meeting.

I will share actual products in each of the categories above at a later time. For now, the categories clearly define the differences between connected devices and connected co-processing devices. Now if only my car keys were both connected and co-processing!

Yesterday I talked about shipping tech that connects to and uses the processor of your mobile device. Today devices that use and connect with your mobile device but have their own processor and therefore can act independently.

I call this co-processing and this for me represents a different type of device than the traditional connected devices do. The level of independence depends on the co-processing device and its utilization of software on the mobile device.

Smart Watches:

The easy one are the many smart watches available on the market. They have a level of intelligence (they can operate without your mobile device near) but when connected to the mobile device they become an extension of the device. I have and do call this SCRaaS or Screen as a Service, where the screen on your wrist is an extension of your phone. This co-processing device (smart watch) allows you to offload some activities to the watch without the mobile device there.

IoT sensors:

Deployed sensors that collect data. They act independently like a smart watch but allow for greater functionality when connected. The example of this is a device measuring rain fall. It continues to collect the information, but only alarms when the information is out of range or expected band. That engages a mobile device so a human can evaluate the information. The two conditions – lots of rain and no rain are normally the ones you want to alarm.

ROV:

Remotely operated vehicles, or ROV’s. They operate independently of your mobile device or in conjunction with your mobile device. They offer you, these drones, the ability to consider many options. They also allow you to operate in areas that previously were not easily and readily available. Want to see under a boat? Underwater ROV with camera. Want to see damage to a roof? Aerial ROV. Want to drive your family crazy? Send in the land drone! ROV’s can perform many functions on their own, but still require a human to control their motion. Perhaps a set and forget ROV someday…

The experience difference with dependent and co-processing devices is pretty significant. Yesterday I went through a number of products to define the category. Today, I am not naming products rather functionality. The difference being that the three categories that I am using to define the co-processing device space are pretty clearly defined.

As we move further towards the information age the clear delineation between co-processing and dependent devices will grow. Set and forget intelligent devices will report variables that are relevant to you. Dependent devices will interact with you when engaged. So you can look at your always on and monitoring home weather station (co-processing device) or attach a wind gauge (Vaavud) to your mobile device to capture wind speed and direction at that moment.

Another interesting reality is that of built into the mobile device itself. The next capability on the co-processing horizon is the mix of machine learning mixed with co-processing devices. Watching your pulse rate, seeing you bored to tears, your watch notifies you during a burning meeting of an urgent situation that requires your attention. Not a schedule text, but a co-processing device capable of acting on information it is gathering to save you from a really bad meeting.

I will share actual products in each of the categories above at a later time. For now, the categories clearly define the differences between connected devices and connected co-processing devices. Now if only my car keys were both connected and co-processing!

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Last stop before the information age…