THE INTERNET OF THINGS

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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.

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4 thoughts on “THE INTERNET OF THINGS

  1. claire says:

    Great post!
    I like the list of connectable devices you have named, it really shows how big and life changing the IOT is. To broaden that list, you could consider including living things. Our relationship with livestock will dramatically change in the future, as the internet will allow for two-way communication, as it is beginning to already. This source (http://www.libelium.com/smart-farming-monitoring-horses-equine-facility-management-waspmote/) discusses the use of the internet is connecting horses with riders, stable managers, and stakeholders all over the globe. The horse’s fitness levels and emotions, as well as outside factors such as temperature and humidity.
    – Claire

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  2. moniquelombardo says:

    I love how you showed the evolution of the smart phone to just the phone! It really brought into perspective the fact that these ‘things’ will start to become the norm and we will become so dependent on them that we won’t even remember a time that we lived without it. I definitely don’t remember how I lived my life before I got a phone that could access the internet or used Bluetooth to share photos and when infra-red sharing was the in thing. You could also argue that the internet of things is a dangerous place when we become too reliant on them. When the internet is down we begin to freak out, but when our whole house is down, that could be a different story. There has been an anxiety around the IoT and security where everything that is connected to the internet can be susceptible to being hacked. This article (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alisa-valudes-whyte-/the-internet-of-things-future_b_8640360.html) elaborates on the idea of things that could go wrong. Like hacking a car and causing accidents in mass, or hacking into your coffee machine and causing it to overheat and start a fire while your still in bed. There a definitely good and bad aspects that surround the IoT, we just need to work on kneading out the bad ones.

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  3. dailysonny says:

    Hey Kayla!

    Nice post, it was brief but concise and summarized the essence of IoT well. You’re absolutely right in stating that The Internet of Things is real, but it’s the magnitude to which it is unfolding that is crazy! We have self operating cars, expanding drone capabilities, which affect our relationship as a consumer with the products we use, no matter what demographic. For example, the introduction of IoT to the barbie doll has birthed Hello Barbie [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJMvmVCwoNM], with wifi and voice recognition it allows connectivity to the cloud and a relationship between product and user. Just a surprising application but one that really intrigued me! Thanks for sharing!

    – Sonny

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