Defining IoT, the Internet of Things.

The introduction of more complex technologies such as the computer has changed our perspectives about communication. Gone are the days when it’s just humans to humans and that machines were there mainly to make things life easy. Today we know of “talking computers” or “talking gadgets” that interact not only with their users but also among one another. Such is the basic concept of the Internet of Things. And it opens the door to a colossal wave of new technologies.

Where did The Internet of Things come from?

Kevin Ashton supposedly coined the phrase "Internet of Things" while working for Procter & Gamble in 1999. He later co-founded the Auto-ID Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ashton talked in depth about IoT to the RFIDJournal.com in 2009.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is not a new term. It has been around since the late 1990s, and one of its very first examples goes back to around a decade earlier. It is an idea, scenario, or a principle that explains how these different machines are connected into a vast network, which is basically the Internet, allowing them, through the collected free-flowing data, to provide accurate and real-time information to users.

Going back to the 1980s, a team decided to apply IoT by creating a very unique vending machine. Some Carnegie Melon University programmers hooked up their machine to the Internet, advising them whenever there’s cold Coke waiting. This way they only went down when the beverage was ready.

IoT, as its simplest sense, works because these smart machines are provided with its own IP address, so in essence, it doesn’t have any conflict with other similar equipment.

IoT & Your Brilliant Home

The IoT is starting to make its presence felt in various areas of our lives. In fact, technology firms have just invested £45 million for wearable technology like the sensor in some Nike shoes that help keep track of distances covered or calories burned, which you can check online. There are also those sensors that are now embedded in cars that immediately inform you when one of the tires have very low air pressure.

But the biggest market for the IoT is your very own home. GE, among others, is building you a smart home. We’re talking about a double-walled oven that notifies you through your phone when your baked goodies are done or lets you easily and quickly controls the temperature through a mobile app. This way, you can minimize your trips to the kitchen just to check those cookies.

IoT Devices, They’re Talking to You

The IoT is a huge innovation. Before, we are the ones that feed information into these machines, making them work and process only those that we give them. Humans as we are, though, we’re prone to plenty of mistakes and are subject to our own biases and beliefs. With the IoT, it’s the other way around: we have alarm clocks that can wake us up based on our schedule for the day, lights that turn on only when it detects heat presence, or heart implants that help battle arrhythmia by seeing the organ’s condition online. Suddenly technologies and devices join the ecosystem around us, capable of communicating, measuring and predicting.

IoT can then provide us with more realistic data because it’s built to work that way. And with the easy processing of big data, companies that are able to implement them well can provide a more need-oriented product or marketing approach to their customers.

The Future With IoT

Internet-connected cars, sensors on raw food products, sensors on packages of all kinds, data streaming in from the unlikeliest of places: restrooms, kitchens, televisions, personal mobile devices, cars, gasoline pumps, car washes, refrigerators, vending machines, and SCADA systems for example will generate a lot of data (big data). As millions of devices and technologies join the connected world, it brings to life parts of the world never seen before. With smarter ecosystems surrounding us, we unleash the ability for us to interact with our surroundings unlocking the intelligence of our fridge, car, and bus stop. Creating an amazing potential for an intelligent world.

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