In his keynote speech on the eve of this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Samsung Electronics chief executive officer and president, BK Yoon, announced that all of Samsung’s Internet of Things (IoT) components and devices will be open to any platform and says Samsung is committed to invest $100 million in the developer community in 2015.
Yoon calls IoT “the most important topic for our industry right now. Many people think it’s in the distant future. It’s not. It’s 2015, and we are going back to the future. It’s not science fiction anymore; it is science fact. These objects will actively support and protect us.” To that end, Yoon says Samsung plans to have 90 percent of its products Internet of Things-ready by 2017, and 100 percent of them by 2020.
Joining Yoon on stage, Jeremy Rifkin, president of The Foundation of Economic Trends, believes that the focus on IoT will prompt a paradigm shift in technology history. “In the Internet of Things society, everyone is a prosumer, actively consuming, producing, and sharing with their connected devices. We are on the cusp of a great economic transformation. The Internet of Things will improve the lives of billions of people and create a more sustainable, democratic future.”
At Samsung’s press conference, held prior to Yoon’s keynote, the company introduced the the next generation of 2014’s curved Ultra HD TVs. The S-UHD line, which includes an 88-inch flagship model, will run on the Tizen operating system. Samsung has established an Ultra HD Alliance with several partners including Netflix as well as members of the consumer electronics and film industries.
Yoon adds that to establish a “human-centric” IoT market and fully realize the IoT era, “collaboration between all industries to enable barrier-less and seamless communication between devices is absolutely essential.”