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Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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1/14/2014 | 10:43:21 PM
Re: smoke detector
I think the point of Google's acquisition is not about smoke detector but for IoE. The company targets to produce the IT product that's essential for everybody's daily life. It's a great vision and strategy - as a high-tech company, the ultimate goal is transforming geek's toys into commodity.
cbabcock
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1/14/2014 | 5:01:51 PM
Does a great Web service company make great devices?
I still think it's a long way from producing successful Web services based on software, such as Search and Google Maps, to providing devices that happen to use software. The mindset is different. Apple under Jobs was unusual in its ability to combine software and hardware in a vertically integrated stack, up to and including the network. It's also different in that as a company culture, it thinks, lives and breathes consumer device design. Google doesn't. Smaller firms may repeatedly flank it as it tries to enter these consumer markets. Amazon has the same problem, when it comes to devices.
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1/14/2014 | 4:23:31 PM
Google Gear
Interesting point, Tom, from Gillett, who observed that the deal underscores Google's growing commitment to building its own products, like Apple, as opposed to building operating systems for Android and Chrome OS hardware partners. Intresting to think about the hardware portfolio Google has assembled, from Motorola smartphones, to Boston Dynamics robots, to Nest -- and how Google plans to build on them. 

 
mak63
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1/14/2014 | 3:30:26 PM
smoke detector
L. Page is saying: "All of us at Google want to create services that people across the world use twice a day... just like a toothbrush!"

As long Google doesn't expect us to use the smoke detector twice a day, I'm all for this acquisition, but $3.2 billion? Wow!
GAProgrammer
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1/14/2014 | 12:22:59 PM
Comcast is on this kick too
For those without a Comcast provider nearby, Comcast is tring to get in on the Home Automation. They already provide security services, but now they are linking lights, video camera and more to be controlled or viewed remotely through an app.

I don't have it, but it sounds like the home automation is being pushed by multiple vendors. Maybe this will lower prices and this will become more prevalent in homes.
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1/14/2014 | 10:40:39 AM
Domestic Robotics?
I'm wondering if there's a link between the robotics buys and that of NEST. It doesn't take much of a stretch to imagine robotics that are triggered by certain environmental conditions. Maybe a roving dehumidifier air freshener for something really simple. 


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