The Internet of Things… Brace Yourselves!
I would love to tell you about how everything is going to remain exactly the same in the coming years – How technology will continue to revolve around mobile devices, cars and personal computers and how children will continue to be restricted from operating the gas cooker but I bet what’s coming hasn’t even crossed your mind because technology is about to blow it! Yes people, there will come a time when you will get notifications from your cooking pot saying your food is almost ready. There will also come a time when your gas cookers will make use of voice controls and your little child will only have to muster “Fire, Burner 1” to light a burner. Brace yourselves people… the Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us!
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity to enable it to achieve greater value and service by exchanging data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing Internet infrastructure.
Although the concept wasn’t named until 1999, the Internet of Things has been in development for decades. The first Internet appliance, for example, was a Coke machine at Carnegie Melon University in the early 1980s. The programmers could connect to the machine over the Internet, check the status of the machine and determine whether or not there would be a cold drink awaiting them, should they decide to make the trip down to the machine.
It is basically a world where everything and person has a unique electronic identity (Microchips), a communication means (Wi-Fi connectivity) and Devices that enable 5 senses (Sight, Speech, Touch, Hearing and Smell). Believe it or not, this would radically transform processes in Medical and Healthcare systems, Manufacturing industries, Energy management, Environmental monitoring and best of all, our personal lives.