Cloud Computing: Mozilla Jumps On IoT Bandwagon

Grazed from i-programmer. Author: Ian Elliot.

Mozilla has been clarifying some of its plans to convert the Firefox OS project into four IoT based projects. At a casual glance this seems like a naive move that is doomed to failure. Just about everyone wants a slice of the action that is the Internet of Things (IoT), but few are very clear how to make it happen or what is required - even though they are all 100% sure that they know.

Mozilla had a really good idea with Firefox OS. but the implementation was poor and progress slow. Without a market success it seems that Mozilla lacked the resources to keep working on it. So it decided to stop working on it, see Mozilla Confirms End of Firefox OS For Smartphones. Instead Mozilla has proposed four IoT oriented projects:...

Project Link: Your personal user agent that understands your preferences for how you want to interact with the world of devices in your home, and automate your connected world for you. All of this still done conveniently and securely, but completely under your control.

This sounds something like a sub-standard Siri or Cortana or something like Amazon's Alexa. It's also close in concept to Silk Labs Sense, from the IoT start-up founded by Andreas Gal, the former Mozilla CTO who has taken the Firefox OS team with him. The problem here is that projects of this sort require lots of resources by way of AI expertise and lots of cloud computing. Neither of which Mozilla has...

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