These are interesting times, indeed. As much as the landscape of computing and the internet have changed over the past ten years since the arrival of Google, the iPhone, and the iPad, all indications are that we ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. Yesterday, Google announced its intention to acquire Nest Labs
, makers of the internet connected Nest Thermostat and Nest Protect, a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. While there have been plenty of jokes about Google wanting to intrude (even more) on your privacy, working their way into your living rooms and bedrooms, we think there’s a lot more to it than that. Google has taken a bold step to move into “the internet of things”, a connected web of information gathering devices that could make not only our homes and neighborhoods more efficient, but help us drive our cars, manage our travel and our lives.