WiFi pioneer Cees Links knows a little about connectivity. After selling Steve Jobs on the concept of WFi and helping to make the technology small enough to fit into smartphones and other mobile devices, Links is now CEO of GreenPeak, a company making chips for the Internet of Things (IoT).
Links is also an advocate of Zigbee, a low-power radio technology that, according to him, is perfect for IoT. So what does Links think is holding back IoT?
For starters, Links doesn't like the term itself. "Internet of Things is the wrong name because it isn't about things," said Links in an interview with InformationWeek. "it is about services." While we're at it, he doesn't like "smart" either. "Smart home is a wrong name and a wrong concept," he said. "Consumers can't buy a smart home at a store. They buy applications."