Haven’t we all dreamed of homes where our appliances function according to our biddings, automatically? The lighting getting adjusted according to our mood, the coffee maker getting on the run as soon as our alarm clock goes off and a computing device responds to your voice to read out your schedule and the news to you. We’ve seen and heard all such things in sci-fi movies for decades, but in today’s world, they’re either possible or almost there now. All of this forms the basis of what we call as Internet of Things.
The Internet of Things, also being called as Internet of Everything (IoE), was coined by Kevin Ashton in 1999 as a title of a corporate presentation he made at his place of employment, Proctor and Gamble. It refers to all web enabled devices that collect, send and act on information received from the surrounding environments by the use of sensors, processors and software hardware.
Billions of connected devices are a part of IoT. They use built-in hardware and software to send and receive date via various communication protocols. These connected or smart devices can communicate with other machines thus leading to a process called machine-to -machine (M2M) communication and act on the information they receive from one another. (Example – Smart phones) These exist today mainly because of all the tiny mobile components available these days, as well as the ever growing online nature of our homes and business networks.
This technology makes possible the accessibility to that level of real-time information that we’ve never had before. We can monitor our homes and families remotely to keep them safe. Businesses can improve processes so as to reduce wastage of material and unforeseen downtime. The sensors installed in the city infrastructure can detect and help reduce road congestion, warn us about when the infrastructure is in danger of crumbling, environmental changes and impending disasters.
The main question that arises out of all of this is:
How big is IoT?
This new wave of technology is moving ahead in the future step by step. It is going beyond smart phones and laptops; it is going towards connected cars, smart homes, connected wearable, smart cities and connected healthcare. Basically, a connected life.
HP did a survey in which they estimated the rise of connected devices through the years and the results are surprising.
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Are we really moving towards a fully automated world?
With IoT creating the buzz, smart homes is the most searched IoT associate feature on Google. Smart Home has become the revolutionary ladder of success in the residential spaces and it is predicted that very soon smart homes will become as common as smart phones.
IoT will bring a macro shift in the way we live and work. The future of IoT is extremely fascinating where things will be talking to each other and human interference will be the least.
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