The Internet of Things controlled by smartphone

The Internet of Things controlled by smartphone

Summary: Once all manner of everyday objects become equipped with processors and connectivity, we'll have the Internet of Things. Futurist Mark Pesce thinks the smartphone will be its remote control.


Australia now has the second-highest smartphone penetration in the world, ahead of the US, the UK, and Japan, according to Google.

"Now that smartphones are ubiquitous, we're going to start to build devices that anticipate the existence of a smartphone in a person's life," Pesce says on this week's Patch Monday podcast.

"The smartphone is now no longer just a device, but it's actually going to be the platform for the Internet of Things ... people are going to have all these fancy new devices that they can control from their smartphones."

Those devices could include the Light by Moore'sCloud, the Linux-based lamp containing 52 LEDs for which Pesce and his team are currently seeking AU$700,000 funding via Kickstarter.

Pesce's previous appearance on Patch Monday was in mid August, when he discussed the future of business as a Lego-like everything as a service. Following positive feedback on that episode, he returns to highlight events that indicate how the future might evolve.

As well as the Internet of Things, in today's episode, Pesce discusses Syria's internet blackout, Australia's confidence in building the Overland Telegraph between Darwin and Adelaide, the information graphics of Edward Tufte, and the future of drones.

To leave an audio comment on the program, Skype to stilgherrian, or phone Sydney +61 2 8011 3733.

Running time: 46 minutes, 02 seconds

Topics: Networking, Mobility, Australia


Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust.

He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit trap, clear a jam in an IBM model 026 card punch and mix a mean whiskey sour.

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  • Disappointed

    I enjoyed Mark's first podcast, but this just seems to be spruiking his latest attempt at making a pile of money. Plus, he's just way too pretentious. If this is the way of the Patch Monday podcast (due to him becoming a regular), maybe this will be my last.