“ The Internet of Things (IoT) is a scenario in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to automatically transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.” How exciting does that sounds!? Everything can be connected and you are given the ability to control pretty much anything with your always-handy smartphone.
While this may not be entirely clear yet let me give you some practical examples of products that have come out of the internet of things concept. You can automatically heat your home to the right temperature while also saving money on energy usage with The Nest . Wireless key trackers have also become possible, meaning you could never lose your keys again, no more wishing that you could ring your car keys like a phone, your phone can now tell you exactly where they are! I understanding that I’m starting to sound like an infomercial but I lose my car keys a lot and I feel like the future is already here.
However for some people this may not be as exciting, having everything connected and controlled can be frighting as well as intimidating. For many this connectivity is unnecessary, expensive and complicated, which I can fully understand. Remember how long it took you to work out how to use the new TV remote? Now imagine that but with every appliance in your house, that thought alone is enough to put my off the entire concept of the internet of things. However, nobody is forcing you to upgrade your house and all of its appliances right away. Maybe you are going away for a holiday and start to worry about the house, no problem just buy a Ninja Block! There are devices and products out there that can control pretty much any element in your home and if you’re worried about a certain aspect maybe now is the time to look into similar devices.
The internet of things is a completely new concept to me but I am excited about the opportunities that this concept can bring. Maybe one day every element of a home could be controlled simply by pressing buttons on your smartphone, the internet of things has made the possibilities endless.