Everything is smart, but how connected is it really?
It's a couple of months or so since the end of the 2016 CES, and the big themes from the show are finally starting to become clearer to me. Unusually, though, the biggest theme of the year is actually an absence, a technology that's clearly desperately needed, but which hasn't made its way out of the lab into the wider world - a technology that the later it arrives, the harder it will be to implement.
The show was full of dumb screens and smart devices - but with no way to bring them together. Sensors are everywhere, but they're solitary devices, unable to be part of a holistic web of devices that exposes the world around us, giving us the measurements we need to understand and control our environments.