Tony Fadell, CEO and founder of Nest Labs, speaking at LeWeb 2012.
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Nest CEO Fadell: Internet of things is a decade away

We’ve still got a ways to go before it’s common to see all manner of machines hooked to the Internet, says the CEO of a startup hoping to do just that with its smart thermostat.

by Stephen Shankland December 4, 2012 2:27 AM PST

PARIS — It will take 10 years before the “Internet of things” catches on widely, said Nest Labs Chief Executive Tony Fadell, whose smart-thermostat startup embodies the technology.

“People think there’s this Internet of all kinds of crazy devices that are going to talk to each other. It’s going to take some time,” Fadell said at the LeWeb show here. “Give it five or eight years and then you’ll see machines talking to machines. Then it’ll be commonplace in 10 years or so.”

The Internet of things is the idea that networked computing will spread far beyond today’s computers and smartphones to things like refrigerators, light bulbs, traffic lights, and really just about anything. It’s a real phenomenon, but it’s not clear yet how far it will extend beyond straightforward devices like cars to sci-fi gadgetry like bloodstream nanobots.

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