This article will gain you a better understanding of the Internet of Things and what you should know about the IoT
So What is the Internet of Things?
Wikipedia has a nice interpretation which defines IoT as:
the network of physical objects — devices, vehicles, buildings and other items — embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and Internet connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data.
If the Internet’s connecting people, then the simplest definition of IoT concept is the that it’s connecting things.
How many devices in our home do you have which are connected to the Internet?
Nearly a decade ago you most likely would’ve said one or maybe two if you were an early adopter of smartphone technology.
But today, we’ve got a personal computer, we’ve got a laptop, we’ve got a tablet, we’ve got a smartphone, we’ve got a video game console, we’ve got a voice assistant, we’ve got a smart TV, we even have a smart fridge.
By 2020 that there will be 50 billion objects connected to the Internet
Now enlarge this trend outward and what do we get? According to some sources, it is estimated by 2020 that there will be 50 billion objects connected to the Internet.
Now that’s billion with a “B” letter. It’s also estimated by the US Census Bureau that there will be 7.6 billion people alive at that time.
So that means that for every person that will be 6.6 subjects connected to the Internet.
We’re talking about a world blanketed with billions of sensors. These sensors are taking information from real physical objects that are in the world and uploading it to the Internet.
Our habitual world transforms into a digital ecosystem, in which we are walking through a technology that you may not even be aware of is monitoring your every step.
The digital and physical worlds are constantly changing all around us due to these sensors and the Worldwide Net, combing into the single environment which is called the Internet of Things.
Home of the future
Let’s imagine a living room of the future. This room can immediately identify you and record all the data into a cloud-based profile of preferences like climate control, music, lighting, and decor.
Did you have a long long working day? Your room knows it, based on your smartphone, Calendar app and biosensors that detect your stress level via heart rate and blood pressure.
So it turns off the hard rock playlist you usually listen to and switches to a relaxing instrumental chillout music.
From the sensors outside your home or even worse within your clothes, smart sensors will discover it is snowing outside, so the climate control begins to heat your room in anticipation of when you’ll walk through the door.
From the software part, we should mention algorithms that are so sophisticated, that they may be able to predict what you want before you actually even want it.
So when you walk to the refrigerator, it tells you not only what’s in there, it tells you what you can make with the stuff you already have.
And it’s already telling you what’s inside and what’s the perfect meal based on your mood, your activity level, and maybe even, well, your weight loss plan.
As for how many objects could be connected to the Internet will consider this – the latest version of Internet protocol, IPV6, creates more potential addresses then there are atoms on the surface of the Earth.
Based on all above we can with confidence say we’re gonna live in a world completely filled with sensors and data reacting to us, changing every moment depended upon our needs.
We will no longer be asking: “What’s your favorite color? What’s your favorite music?” We gonna ask: “What’s your reality looks like?”
We know what ours is when we talk into our home, how the world reacts to us. But how does it react to you? This is more than philosophy. It’s more than technology. It is altering reality as we know it.
And it’s all totally regulated by the Internet of Things.