I think you're going to wake up one morning and realize the internet-of-things revolution happened quietly around you. Either that or you're going to get dragged kicking and screaming into an internet-of-things world much like the textile workers of the early 1800s who opposed industrialization.
For the most part, the necessary tech artifacts you're talking about already exist. You can already order a mesh-routed, IPv6 aware radio IC for pretty cheap (6LoWPAN
, example part by TI
). It's been 4 years since NXP Semi demo'd occupancy-aware lighting modules
. For me at least, intelligent lighting is a big deal because lighting costs are the third highest contributor to my electric bill.
The hardest parts, in my opinion, are pushing for standardization of interfaces to keep complexity and cost down, and ever-important though higher-visibility now, security and access control. There are already significant working groups dedicated to these tasks, for example, the goog/nest, ARM, samsung, et.al. in the Thread group
. But there are a ton of different and incompatible ways to do the same thing; ANT+, bluetooth LE, zigbee, and 6lowpan are just the low power ones I can think of off the top of my head. And that's just the physical through network OSI layers, it doesn't begin to address announcement of features (zeroconf, etc.) to each other or standardized interface presentation to the user (????).
So where are the products? Well, Nest gen2 thermostat is IoT-enabled. Fitbit monitors all wirelessly update your stats and profile. Apple's [i]watch and the moto360 smart watch are both network-aware. Even companies outside of the consumer electronics sphere are getting invested, like Chevorlet's automotive lte/wifi.
Granted, these aren't the groundbreaking, for-every-person products you're talking about, but the tech infrastructure is coming into its own. Product development takes time and age is only going to make the baseline models cheaper, more capable, more standard, and more prevalent. There's a lot of work to be done yet, but given the number of people and companies invested in IoT consumer electronics industry-wide, it's hard to imagine a world where everyone simply gave up on the tech instead of working out the problems.