As the car was approaching home, her GPS location was sent to the home thermostat. After a long tiring day, she entered her perfectly dim lit, warm home, to her favorite playlist playing in the background. As she sunk into the couch, over a conversation with her virtual assistant on the home speaker, she reviewed how her day went and the virtual assistant ordered pizza for dinner ..” – This isn’t an excerpt out of a movie. This is right now, we are already in the future. Well, almost. Since the term ‘Internet of Things (IoT)’ was coined first, the definition has evolved a lot. In a generic sense though, this is a highly intelligent Machine-to-Machine technology which has potential to revolutionise how we live and work.
From music speakers, to thermostats, to lights and accessories, everything has some sort of intelligence; We are living in tech heaven, to be precise. Having moved from keypads to touch interfaces, we are currently in the no interface era. All the tech giants are focussing on getting maximum done with very little interaction with the device, and that means voice-activated computing powered by artificial intelligence.
When we say IoT, they include things we use on an everyday basis, from wearables to medical parameter sensors, to geographical and environmental sensors, and sensors monitoring the working and the lifecycle of devices.
Think about it, there are so many devices we use everyday, that possibly generate so much data when connected to respective sensors. This data could lead to so many different insights on user behavior and the device lifecycle.
Sensors and Wearables:
Internet-equipped sensors on any device make it possible to tap all the unused data, and analysis of this data lead into inferences about things that are usually considered ‘offline’. This can lead to better productivity, reduce cost, and can bring about a sustainable lifestyle. The thing that makes everyone excited about the future of IoT is the versatility of solutions it provides. This makes IoT the buzzword of the decade because we can expect an explosion of IoT solutions in various sectors.
Wearable technology enabled clothes are connected to the phone and are recording data about everything from blood pressure to the posture. Also speaking of the Internet of Things (IoT), it is not just the companies building consumer facing products that are a big deal, there are many companies providing wireless power solutions, and cloud based solutions that are more useful to a developer.
Challenges in IoT:
One big issue in the evolution of the Internet of Things is however, the interoperability, inability to connect to all the devices using just one app. There are many companies currently aiming to solve this issue by giving cloud based solutions to connect devices among each other.
Building a successful IoT environment will require massive amounts of cooperation and coordination between firms. But now more platforms like the Google cloud platform is coming up to sync up devices on a data level, and not just with respect to connectivity alone.
Some impressive products have already been around in the market for a while now; Smart pill reminders, that provides a smart and simple solution for patients forgetting to take their daily medicine dosage, or stick to the prescribed amount of medicine. Smart door bells, that combine computer vision, facial recognition and Artificial Intelligence to bring about a revolution in door bell systems.
Just like any other field, there are many skeptics around in tech industry as well. They predict IoT as a whole as a bubble that would burst very soon. But for the rest of us, we are definitely heading towards a better, sustainable future where there’s going to be a lot more evolution happening on the IoT front.
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