In this year’s CES, there were many IoT related products exhibited, but among them, the one we can look forward to was MESH project.
The terminals were size of an eraser, and some have buttons or have LED, and others have acceleration sensors, and they all have built-in batteries and BLEs.
Using applications on the tablet, and you can give each of them a role or program by simply drag and drop to have them operate as an interconnected system.
Programs they are, they can be allotted to give functions by drag and drop on the screen, and any kids can do it.
Then, for what can we use them?
As an example, if you connect a terminal with a light bulb that has communication function (Philips Hue), you can switch the light on and off by flipping the terminal with an acceleration sensor. They say it is possible to interconnect with any device if its API is open to public.
You can also create system that pushing a button of a terminal sends signals via BLE to the pump to water plants at home. If you set a timer with the program, you don’t even have to touch the button.
It is easier to understand if you look at the website below:
What is fun about this MESH is that it enables you to create IoT for what you want to do with your own creative ideas by various combinations of devices.
In fact, MESH made ‘recipe book’ of what you could do with these devices. It is IoT that is just like you can use different ingredients and freely cook them for your own taste.
What I liked the most was that, if you no longer use the system you created, you could cancel the program and use them for other purposes again.
Conventional IoT devices can only do one thing, and if you no longer need that function, it would end up in your closet, but with MESH, all you have to do is change the program for other purposes.
Actually, MESH has been developed by Sony’s in-company venture. They have already started cloud funding, and it is available for purchase.
Sony has started what is called SAP, and developing new business. The first case of SAP is Sony Real Estate, but multiple projects such as MESH are underway.
Those new projects do not create new revenue sources for the company, but they are certainly creating vibrant culture among the employees, says Hirai, president of Sony.
Sony has been struggling in the mobile world, but in the world of IoT, their framework of in-company ventures may put them in an interesting position.