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When you think personal cloud, think Pig-pen

“Cognizant computing evolves the connected device and personal cloud service into an activity of seamless and frictionless integration connected to sensor-driven ‘invisible’ devices that are optimized for a particular set of functions,” said Michael Gartenberg, research director at Gartner.

Jessica Ekholm, research director at Gartner goes on to say, “in practice, consumers will forget the devices are being carried, worn or used until they need to interact with them for control or to obtain feedback in terms of data or information.”

When I read these two quotes, the image that pops into my head is that of Pig-pen from the Peanuts comic strip. This cloud of information and data constantly revolving around us syncing with other devices, appliances, consumer electronics, websites, applications…anything and everything.

Imagine a world when you walk into your house and the calendar updates you made on your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy are invisibly synched to a digital calendar that is mounted to your refrigerator. Or better yet, that to do list you have of errands to run are synced to your car so when you head out after work, you don’t forget to pick up dinner.

The whole concept of machine to machine (M2M) communications is ultimately will drive the exponential data growth over the next decade.  In fact, projections indicate M2M will make up a greater percentage of the information generated than we do as consumers, or users of technology.  I don’t know about you, but that sounds like Minority Report becoming a reality, and it’s not that far away.

Is this exciting or frightening?

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