In basic terms, the Internet of Things (IoT) are devices connected to each other via the Internet and sensors that we use in everyday life that respond to what we want. These special gadgets collect all data we make and share it with other gadgets and systems. It is used as a guide to these gadgets in getting tasks completed, analyzing stats, making things efficient, and reporting back any important info. The IoT is so many things in the house including your TV, cellphone, lights, security system, thermostat, and various appliances. Something that was only handled manually and with no relation to the Internet is now connected to the digital world.
The Internet of Things is a growing into an unstoppable force that companies are using to develop more ways for users to connect. In the next decade, sensors will predict and correctly time everything we do from the moment we get up to the moment we fall asleep. All of the smallest things are digitally intertwined because the world’s IT infrastructure will already be connected to, not a billion devices, but a one trillion. Humans will have more than one device each and some will be relying on dozens of them in a world that could hit 8 billion or more. There are challenges still hard to field with, namely security, something that can be easily manipulated and hacked into.
How does it affect us overall? Let’s count the ways. They are in our homes and installed there, sometimes before we even move in. From our phone, which is attached to us 247, they will help control our cars, giving us GPS, guides us through traffic to the fastest route, and gives rear-view cameras and sensors to avoid collisions. We already have satellite radio and use voice control calls. Smart watches are made to follow our daily progress in counting steps, calories burned, heart rate, and how we balance ourselves in physical activity. In any sport, any tool we use that can improve our game is studied. Now, professionals have adapted to this science.
IoT has effects on our resources and how we use them. This includes how much light is used, how hot or cold the room will be, and how much electricity you use to charge stuff, all related to energy consumption that can raise or lower your bill. With our food, Digital lists can determine how much of each we take in and what has been sitting in the fridge for too long and when we need to buy a certain item when we’re low on it. Or, when we leave the house every time, having a physical key is obsolete so we use out phones to open and lock doors every time and the security alarm turns on with the simple voice command.
The Internet of Things will be universal infrastructure that holds everything in we connect with in the world. The future is made to accelerate progress in all corners of the world and not just for one certain people. This is for everyone.