‘Thingy’ is a word used in the UK by many people to represent something whose name they cannot recall – a ‘whatdyacallit’, a ‘thingymajig’. All cultures and languages have such words.
I use it here because it reminds me of the ‘next big thing’ (or should that be next big thingy)?
This – according to some – is the Internet of Things – the networking of physical objects.
Manifestations so far seem to be ‘home automation’ – devices that will change the colour of your lighting or switch on your kettle as you enter the house, or when you use your phone to direct it to.
So far, I have been underwhelmed. It seems remarkable how few of these things I want to do at all, let alone automatically or ‘more conveniently’. It might be ‘early days’ and in a few years I might be amazed at the possibilities but, for now, you can keep these thingies that are so clever – I’ll work with my old technology for now.