Imagine you could power your microwave at home, right from the comfort of your office. Or maybe you forgot to lock your door while leaving for work, but it’s fine because you can now do that remotely. Perhaps you feel like sending commands to your car without even being in it. And the list goes on, for virtually every device that has a Wi-Fi connection and sensors.
Everything is changing. It’s time to stop imagining and let me introduce you to one fascinating advancement that would be the rave in due time. A technology that has already caught the fancy of all tech-blue print companies.
This is the Internet of things (IoT), and 10 facts you didn’t know about it.
What Is The Internet of Things?
IoT and the creation of devices with sensors that can access the internet take those devices to a new level of digital intelligence. It enables them to communicate with each other, which would usually require humans.
“What the Internet of Things is really about is information technology that can gather its information. Often what it does with that information is not tell a human being something, it just does something.”
British tech pioneer, Kevin Ashton.
This form of technology deals with products related to the concept of smart homes and everything in it, like devices and appliances.
There are several serious concerns about the dangers in the growth of the Internet of Things, particularly in the areas of privacy and security. And there are being addressed.
How It Started
The result of building devices with sensors and intelligence started throughout the 1980s and 1990s. The idea was first used in 1982, with a modified Coca-Cola vending machine becoming the first internet-connected appliance. The machine was able to report its inventory whether newly loaded drinks were cold or not.
The progress was slow because chips at that time were too big and bulky. There was no way for objects to communicate effectively.
Some of that changed with the use of RFID tags that provided low-power chips which could communicate wirelessly. Improvements came with the adoption of IPv6, which provided enough IP addresses for every device the world is ever likely to need.
The phrase “Internet of Things” was coined by Kevin Ashton of Procter and Gamble in 1999, though he prefers “Internet for Things”. He speculated that a time would come when objects would be more connected to the internet than people.
10 Real-Life Internet Of Things Applications
Here are 10 examples and the companies behind them.
1) AIRBIQUITY (Connected Cars)
2) JOSH.AI (Connected Homes)
3) INSTEON (Connected Homes)
4) SIMPLISAFE (Connected Security)
5) AI HOME SOLUTIONS (Connected Securities)
6) PEAK 8 CONNECTED (Connected Agriculture)
7) SPECTRALINK (Connected Retail/Hospitality)
8) ENDOTRONIX (Connected Retail/Hospitality)
9) PROPELLER(Connected Retail/Hospitality)
10) EVERYWHERE WIRELESS (Connected Cities)
IoT satisfies the endgame of science and technology: Make life easier, get things done faster, and in a more comfortable manner. They were created for consumers to have easy and direct access to technological advancements through day-to-day activities with devices that are connected to the internet. Hence, the Internet of Things.