Like the web before it, the internet of things will be all about . . . cats!

Google’s machine learned pretty quickly that the internet is about a bunch of cats. Likewise the applications for the tnternet of things will be about what people care about, which probably means a lot of cats, joked SmartThings CEO and co-founder Alex Hawkinson at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference on Wednesday. To spell out the point, he showed off a photo of a SmartThings-enabled kitchen drawer that when opened had been jury-rigged to turn on a connected leaf blower, pointed at an overly curious cat.

But despite the potentially novel applications, the internet of things will be the biggest technology opportunity of the decade, said Hawkinson. And that’s why his startup is focused on building it out with an open platform and easy-to-use user experiences for consumers. Hawkinson laid out the six biggest opportunities, across verticals, including:

  • Home security
  • Safety and risk management
  • Retail
  • Healthcare and wellness
  • Government
  • Enterprise

Check out the rest of our Mobilize 2013 coverage here, and a video embed of the session follows below:

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