What is the IoT? (Internet of Things)
“The connection of physical things to the Internet makes it possible to access remote sensor data and to control the physical world from a distance” (Kopetz, H.)
What can we do with the IoT?
The IoT is still a relatively new development and the technology continues to become more compact and affordable each and every day. A lot of items now are being made now with the ability to connect via Wi-Fi. For instance a refrigerator can now keep track of the items in it and send you a notification when something is about to go bad. It can also collect data based on what you put in/take out, having the ability to create personalized shopping lists that can be sent to you.
It does not stop at appliances and devices though, you can add a beacon or sensor to an inanimate object now giving it connectivity too. Anything with an IP address is able to connect to the internet and collect data. You can now add a sensor to a door and connect it to a security system or app on your phone. Doing that will allow you check if it is locked or unlocked and give you the ability to do so from anywhere.
How far can the IoT go?
Most objects now can be connected to the Internet now whether preprogramed into it or through a beacon put on it. When researching the topic of the IoT, I remembered a movie I grew up with as a kid called Smart House (1999). The movie is, as titled, about a Smart House where everything it programed specifically for you and your family. Say you asked PAT (the Personal Applied Technology) for a smoothie, then in the kitchen one would be made and presented to you.
This movie reminded me a lot of the concept of IoT. The house or “PAT” collects data about each of the family members, what they use, their habits, etc, and then does things based off that information. However, in the film PAT became too smart and begins to think for the family based on the gathered information and what was “best” for them. We are not yet where the movie was in regards to the application of the data, but the data is there nonetheless. Even today you are able to program things like your coffee maker to turn on and brew before you even get out of bed. It makes me wonder where this technology will take us in the future and how personalized it will get.
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