Google admits it may place ads on thermostats, glasses, car dashboards & refrigerators



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    rogifan wrote: »

    Maybe it's just me but I think this watch is ugly. Especially the black bar at the bottom. Seems to me these round displays are all about form over function. Hey, if we make it look like a traditional watch maybe someone will buy it. :lol:

    I have to admit, I quite like it....but I'll agree with you this far, the black bar on the bottom spoils an otherwise elegant design.

    But even if you don't like this particular design, you have to admit that - in fit and finish** - it's a generational leap over what has come before, no?

    **Assuming that the live product is anywhere close to the online renders, of course.
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    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member

    Originally Posted by macaholic_1948 View Post

    Ads on every surface you look at? The thought is enough to make one throw up.

    Too bad iOS doesn't let you install ad blockers. I am always shocked whenever I use my iPad to surf the web. That's another reason why I prefer my Mac - no ads!

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    phone-ui-guyphone-ui-guy Posts: 1,019member

    Originally Posted by island hermit View Post


    Samsung should advertise on toilet paper.


    [I'm sure it would sell well to quite a few AI members]


    There has to be somewhere that offers custom branding of toilet paper. I need a couple rolls with the Samsung logo, and a couple rolls with the Google logo please.

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    sau124sau124 Posts: 18member
    Love everything Google, NOT!

    Google wants to know everything. Self driving cars will store all the information on location, people in the car and probably conversation to analyze information and/or words to present more ads. Google wants to know what I'm eating so that it can sell that aggregate information to vendors and populate relative ads.
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    island hermitisland hermit Posts: 6,217member

    Originally Posted by macaholic_1948 View Post

    I think I'm glad I'm old and will die in the not too distant future

    Ads on every surface you look at? The thought is enough to make one throw up.


    That's the way I feel about all the fast food establishments.

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    hcrefugeehcrefugee Posts: 98member

    In addition to refrigerators, Google said it could also serve up ads on car dashboards, thermostats, glasses and watches, "just to name a few possibilities...our advertising systems are becoming increasingly device-agnostic," the filing reads.


    Can't innovate my ass!



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    macslutmacslut Posts: 514member

    Originally Posted by macxpress View Post


    Didn't we all see this coming. This alone will kill sales of these devices. As cool as something like the Nest Thermostat is, I don't believe people will want a Google Ad on their thermostat and I doubt most would pay extra to not have ads.


    It's really not about paying extra to not have ads as much as it is to pay less to have ads with the product.  $250 is a lot for a thermostat.  I have 8 of them and love them, but really the device itself doesn't lend itself to even having ads in its current form; however I could see future versions providing marketing opportunities that could drive the retail price down to a much lower level.



    Nest killed shot themselves in the foot as soon as they partnered with Google. 


    They didn't partner with Google, they sold the company to Google, for $3.2 Billion.  That's hardly a shot in the foot.



    I don't need a Kraft Mac n Cheese ad running on the fridge when I go to open it. My kitchen isn't a friggin' Wal-mart. I don't need to be persuaded to purchase something every time I open the refrigerator door. 



    Then don't buy one.   However, the "Internet of things" is definitely here and real.  While this allows for things like having your fridge be smarter, being able to send alerts for spoiled food or malfunctions, it also allows for new opportunities that don't fit the same paradigm of conventional advertising...


    Think less about opening the door and hearing a random "Drink Coca-Cola" jingle, and more in terms of a win-win for the retailer and consumer.  For example, one thing I do often today is when I run out of something in the pantry or fridge, I scan the bar code with my phone and order it.  There's no reason to have the phone on me anymore, if the fridge can have a cheap camera, wifi and processor capable of scanning and ordering stuff for me.  The smart fridge would have $50-$100 in components and run Android with Google Shopping built in.  While the additional component cost at the retail level would otherwise end up being maybe $200, that's something Google may subsidize so they can make money off the backend.  You scan X and it recommends Y, which you can ignore or even turn off.  The same with ecoupons and specials.  Either way, Google would get a small cut of anything you do purchase.  Again, all optional, but compelling, if nothing else than for the spoil/malfunction alerts.



    There are places for ads to be and wearable devices, appliances, and cars are not it.


    I think the same types of opportunities present themselves to all sorts of things that will be connected to the internet.  Washer/Dryer... scan the detergent, softener, etc...  Anything that will be capable of connectivity lends itself to being capable of commerce which lends itself to being capable of advertising.  The method and execution of that advertising can be intrusive and overbearing, or it can be optional and provide utility during dedicated tasks.



    Google is throwing mud at the wall with all of this with hopes that something sticks. 


    Yes, absolutely.  While the smart fridge may not catch on, it's worth trying.  The upside is enormous, and the cost to try is relatively trivial.  Hey, as much as I love iOS and prefer Apple products and services over anything competitive from Google, I do respect and admire Google's ambition.  It's something different than Apple.  I'm not criticizing Apple, I admire them for wanting to remain a narrowly focused company.  Both are executing their strategies very well.

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    inklinginkling Posts: 773member
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    gregnacugregnacu Posts: 29member
    The reason I like Apple, and I don't care for anything Google does outside of Search (and _maybe_ translate), is because with Apple, I pay the price that they set and I get a product or service. The end.

    People complain that Apple's prices are exhorbitant, but if you're old enough to remember living through at least the last 20 years of Apple, you'd know that their prices are now very competitive. I mean a laptop for $899?! I paid almost $3,000 for my PowerBook G4, 12". And I was happy to, because it was such a great laptop. Does Apple charge a premium? Yes. Do some people not want to pay that premium? Yes. But for me personally, I'm okay with paying the premium, getting a well built, well designed, forward thinking product, and knowing that Apple is sustaining their business on the money I just paid them. They have no incentive to do anything sneaky. In fact their incentive is to do the opposite, to protect our privacy, to give us a cleaner, better experience.

    Google is the opposite. Their stuff is free. But this incentivizes them to always push the boundary of what people will find acceptable, what people will be able to stomach. Eric Schmidt said, our goal is to get as close to the creepy line as possible without crossing it. Well, frankly, that model just ain't for me. I don't want my thermostat reporting to Google on my habits and then displaying ads to me. F that.
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    auxioauxio Posts: 2,736member

    Originally Posted by Gatorguy View Post

    If consumers reject ads on refrigerators and such then I wouldn't expect them to be promoted. Kinda against the point of advertising if it's a turn-off isn't it?


    And it's kinda against the point of running a business if it doesn't turn a profit too.  Google's core revenue model is based on advertising and selling market research to advertisers.  Perhaps they can fund loss-leader products on the back of other revenue sources for a while, but at some point the investors will want those loss-leaders to turn a profit.

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    mpantonempantone Posts: 2,065member

    Originally Posted by mstone View Post


    Too bad iOS doesn't let you install ad blockers. I am always shocked whenever I use my iPad to surf the web. That's another reason why I prefer my Mac - no ads!

    There are several iOS web browsers that have built-in ad blocking. Atomic Web Browser and Ghostery are two off the top of my head.


    I tend to use Atomic when I am actively browsing the web on my iPad. It also has private browsing mode; I have mine configured to delete everything (cookies, history, etc.) when I exit the app.

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    It's coming and people will wear it (because everything is cheaper with ads!).



    Google TV of the future:

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    kerrybkerryb Posts: 270member
    The sheep often called the American consumer will accept it the same way they accepted 33% of their TV time is advertisements, movie theaters showing ads before the feature, ads embedded into content such as sitcoms, ads on just about every web page that exist, etc...
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    waterrocketswaterrockets Posts: 1,231member

    Or, you know, you could read the actual quote, which is hardly an "advertise on Nest" announcement:


    "We expect the definition of “mobile” to continue to evolve as more and more “smart” devices gain traction in the market. For example, a few years from now, we and other companies could be serving ads and other content on refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name just a few possibilities."

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    sevenfeetsevenfeet Posts: 467member
    I'm not sure why the article thinks the idea of a Google Fridge is that weird. Samsung has made a fridge with a screen and apps for a few years now. The screen is pretty lame quality and the apps are few (Pandora on your fridge!) but it has WiFi and has potential as Google has surmised.

    Not that everyone will want such a product, but the potential certainly exists.
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    Samsung should advertise on toilet paper.

    [I'm sure it would sell well to quite a few AI members]

    No way. We want to keep our asses clean.
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    ceek74ceek74 Posts: 324member

    I've been saying to myself for quite some time now that I desperately want ads on non-ad devices.  Thanks Google for hearing my thoughts.  Or wait, wtf kind of tech do you guys really have hearing my thoughts and all?

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    gqbgqb Posts: 1,934member
    Originally Posted by xZu View Post

    LOL, Three Nest Thermostats for sale!

    No plans to sell mine. Works great, and they'll have to release new models to display ads.

    Well, I suppose they could download an update that displays ads, and at that point I would have to reconsider.

    It wouldn't be acceptable to me to have paid $250 for a device that suddenly violates most of what I bought it for (i.e. the aesthetic.)

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    Originally Posted by Gatorguy View Post

    If consumers reject ads on refrigerators and such then I wouldn't expect them to be promoted. Kinda against the point of advertising if it's a turn-off isn't it?


    Yeah, right, if that was true then that frickin' insurance ad where the guy yells at us wouldn't run. It makes me turn the TV off every time it runs. I absolutely *hate* Progressive now.  I won't do business with them ever.  But their ads still pollute my TV.

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