No thanks. I'm not willing trade even more privacy by paying Amazon $200 to listen in to everything I do just in case I might want it to display something on the screen for me.
As said this could be an interesting device. But I'm not really sure what this will allow anyone to do. Sure it's all well and good that you can collect data with it, but you'll have to be able to interpret this data into something that's useful. And that's not even touching the fact that this thing would be fragile as hell without a very well design and weather proofed case.
But as with any project like this I comment the designers for thinking up a new and interesting device. And who knows. Maybe the next generation of device might be useful.
Why thank you captain sarcasm. I REALIZED that the current generation of systems don't directly tie into engine management systems. However continually stick more and more crap into a system leaves for the potentiality of more and more problems. Hell, one day someone might actually make a virus that gets in there and screws with the in car systems.
Hell here's possibility: these systems become standardized. So instead of hardware hackers tinkering with the devices from one maker they all only have to learn how to mess around with the one most common system or OS. Well by general numbers a certain amount of those guys are going to be full on black hat and there's no telling what kind of 'fun' they'll have then. Personally I wonder what would happen if someone made a hack that locks the in car stereo at maximum. Or... hell... could someone make the display suddenly show a high rate flashing image that can trigger a seizure? That would cause all kinds of havoc.
I FREELY admit that these are all really out there concepts. However I still contend that this idea could lead to them actually becoming a reality. Especially if automakers end up being lazy with their code.
I'm honestly curious is this is going to happen. Much like the Smart house story from a few days back I wonder what's going to happen when more of this rather useless crap gets wedged into a car and someone has a real serious failure that results in a crash. Well... actually we may have already had that. There was some rumors out there that the whole Toyota brake system fiasco wasn't actually caused by some weird problem with the floor mat but was actually a software issue.
Either way I'm really wondering if all this extra technology is really all that useful. Compared to just keep the systems in a car kind of 'dumb' and just sticking to hardened PLC style systems for engine management. Nothing flashy, just something rugged that won't fail.
Well I think there's a significant difference here between rather mundane conventional devices and trying to needlessly tie everything into the internet. What benefit is there to having, say, a washing machine that connects to the internet? Or a refrigerator? Or a microwave? Lighting could have a utility as related to the security system. But controlling your HVAC system through the internet?
This is not to say I'm saying that no one should have these things. I'm very libertarian about most things. So people should be able to spend their money on any kind of fluff that the wish. I simply can't understand why anyone would want such a set up. Hell, if nothing else this system is probably going to cost thousands of dollars to implement into a home. Money that could probably be better spent buying high quality appliances that aren't tired into an Apple system.