Remember PenPoint from Go corporation in 1991? Or the Apple Newton PDA with handwriting recognition in 1993? How I wanted these but when I got one just not worth the effort.
Arguably it took until the iPad and apps like Paper, Bamboo with styli to draw and record real handwriting for pen-computing to mature. The iPadPro with its pen is the nearest to a natural writing experience on a tablet. Just plain drawing and storing notes.
Gary Griffiths makes much the same point about the IoT- it will not be smart cities, smart fridges or wearables & telehealth that make the most impact. It will be "headless" devices - chips- embedded in machines and equipment.
IoT will still be a major catalyst to even bigger data and IoT analytics that drive the need for big data analytics platforms.
Just don't expect the deliverable outcomes you thought of but hidden and vital apps behind the scenes. Leading to the need for purpose built analytics platforms delivering insight to users and personas across the whole enterprise or public sector organisation.
The Reality of the IoT It’s my belief that the design of the IoT means the true innovations and game-changing events won’t be the kind of things that grab attention or make headlines. The IoT revolution will happen in the background, outside of the news cycle and invisible to the public eye. This will be the case because the IoT will have to rely on invisible, seamless connections to function. Because of the intricacies of an IoT network and the need for instantaneous connection, the vast majority of the devices that will be making the IoT feasible will be computer chips without an interface that makes it accessible to a user, often referred to as a “headless” device. These won’t just be “smart” refrigerators and coffee makers, but industrial machines, medical equipment, cloud provider data centers, etc.