The concept behind The Internet of Things (IoT) is that basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet. This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. The IoT is a giant network of connected “things” which also includes people. The relationship will be between people-people, people-things, and things-things (Morgan, 2014).
But why on earth would you want so many connected devices talking to each other? I for one would love it if my alarm clock woke me up at 6:00am and then notified my coffee maker to start brewing coffee for you. Or what if your fridge could tell you if it was out of milk, texting you if its internal cameras saw there was none left. The reality is that the IoT allows for virtually endless opportunities and connections to take place, may of which we can’t even think of or fully understand the impact of today.
A decade from now, everything could be connected or perhaps only bits and pieces with specific benefits, such as smart meters; and we may cal it IoT, smart devices or not call it anything at all, the way smartphones have simple become phones.
No matter where it is or what we call it, IoT is real- but what it will look like in the future is something even Google can’t answer.