Intro to the Internet of Things (IoT)

19 May

IoT will undoubtedly be a big deal in the next few years as the concept of smart homes and implanted devices (for medical purposes of course) creeps into our lives and the industry grows in general. It is an interesting, unchartered field.

Imagine your bath being warmed after the sensors on the door detect that the door is open once you get home or your fridge sending you an email or a text informing you that you are running low on milk based on the weight sensors on the trays. Or a fitness program that detects the kinds of food you pull out from the fridge and warning you if you take too much junk food e.g. ice cream. The level of convenience is out of this world. Of course there is a lot to be considered before all this is actualized i.e. sensors, network (either cellular or a mesh network) etc. The thought of having such a home with connected devices is exciting.

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There is also the concept of a smart city, which is a large scale implementation of IoT, where traffic and parking are automatically controlled by interconnected sensors, cameras etc. with minimal human supervision. This would lead to cities that run really smoothly and new job opportunities for developers and device makers.

It is predicted that by 2020, 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet. It will not be humans only but microwaves, televisions and refrigerators. The amount of data generated daily will only increase too. There is also billions of dollars to be generated in terms of revenue from both the software and hardware.

It is a field that looks promising so learn as much as possible. I’ll leave you with a few websites you can check out to give a deeper explanation of IoT.

Good luck.

Stay tuned for more posts 🙂

Sources:

1. Internet of Things Basics

2. A Simple Explanation Of ‘The Internet Of Things’

6 thoughts on “Intro to the Internet of Things (IoT)

  1. Absolutely fascinating! I’m glad my “career path” gives me a chance to be part of it. Fantastic article

  2. Very impressive! I am looking forward to this advanced age of IoT! 🙂
    Thanks for the additional materials.

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