I’ve mentioned before the shift that is taking place at the edge of our personal space between the devices we use and our .... Our houseplants and pets can now tweet us about situations we’d likely be interested in.
Now there is an article from HP labs about a possible future where inanimate objects can begin to spam our social networks and what it might mean to use. It is titled: A Rice Cooker Wants to be my Friend on Twitter.
This article is divided into three major parts.
1) Examples of pervasive computing devices currently using twitter
2) The current state of Twitter spanning software
3) Limitations in validation methods and how to improve them
The conclusion of the article states that the validation methods to use low cost solutions needs to be improved.
The article got me thinking about the existing social network infrastructure that is available and if it has any enterprise applications that we’re not taking advantage.
Should we enable that injection molding machine (as an example) to friend the operator as an alternate conduit of performance information and status? Would employees appreciate this capability or does it just continue to blur that work/life balance?