It seems that the Internets are infiltrating everything around us. The Internet of Things, often abbreviated IoT, is one of the most talked about trends in tech. But what does this term really mean, and what’s so great about it?
While IoT is synonymous with cutting-edge technology, it was first coined well over a decade ago by British entrepreneur Kevin Ashton to describe the connecting of objects in the physical world to the Internet.
Today, the term is linked to the increasingly wide range of connected products. From coffeemakers to crockpots, everything seems to be embedded with Wi-Fi transmitters.
So, why is having a Wi-Fi-enabled appliance or device so great? With Wi-Fi, everyday products are becoming “smart” and have new capabilities that weren’t previously available. IoT opens up a new way for people to control their devices. It also gives products around us the ability to communicate with each other.
The control and convenience that IoT can bring to your home is nothing short of amazing. When your home is equipped with smart plugs, cameras, and sensors, your home can react to you. Set a schedule for the night light to turn off in the kids’ room, get a mobile alert when a water leak is detected in the laundry room, or have the coffeemaker start brewing as you wake up.
If something happens at home, Wi-Fi-enabled objects or devices will be able to keep you informed no matter where you are. And, with IFTTT-compatible products and apps, you can create your own interactions and automate just about anything.
IoT seems to be everywhere these days, but it’s truly in its infancy. Not only will home automation become more prevalent through wider IoT adoption, but soon entire cities will be transformed. Extensive use of sensors and Wi-Fi will allow us to monitor, measure, and imagine new ways of improving transportation, healthcare, and entire industries.
Although new smart devices are hitting the market every day, there are certainly more to come. More than 40% of the world’s population has an Internet connection and it’s only increasing. As more of the world becomes connected, so too will the things all around us, including cars, clothes, coffeemakers, and much more.
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