In this thoroughly entertaining and informative article, Kyle Maxey describes how engineers’ need for a cold Coke could well lead to the development of a ‘sensor aware planetary computer’. Although that might seem a bit far-fetched at the moment - especially to those of us who remember Skynet and terminators – it seems we are already well set on the path.

What is really striking is the absolutely enormous scope of the ‘internet of things’. As Kyle Maxey eloquently puts it

‘the industrial Internet becomes a fluid machine delivering goods and services and possibly innovation on a perfectly scheduled basis’.

The IoT is no longer viewed as something that will just improve manufacturing efficiency. It will also have a profound affect on product design and the way that people work.