What is The Internet of Things
We’ve often heard the term “Internet of things” when people refer to things other than a computer or a smartphone. What exactly is the Internet of Things? How does it affect our daily lives?
Imagine a world where everything is connected. Your refrigerator will tell you if you’ve run out of milk or eggs. Your dog collar will remind you that it is time to feed your dog. All this is done by sending you a text message even if you are miles away from your home.
Welcome to a world where you don’t need to remember things or worry about everything. This is the world of the internet of things.
Internet or broadband connection has become cheaper; thus, has been more widely available and accessible to many. Moreover, the costs needed to produce devices connected to to the internet have become cheaper and more and more people appreciate the use of smartphones as a part of their daily life.
To put this in concept, the Internet of Things are simply devices that can connect to the internet and can communicate with other devices. This includes your smart phone, smart TVs, washing machines, microwave oven, refrigerators, etc.
Intelligent Network of Objects
IoT simply pertains to smart objects that can interact with one another. It can send and receive information and monitor the aspect of your daily lives without the need for human intervention.
It is a system that focuses on how we can communicate with machines, how machines communicate with us, and how it can communicate with other machines.
History of the Internet of Things
Contrary to what people know, the Internet of Things isn’t new. In fact, the first IoT was a electromagnetic telegraph created by Baron Schilling in Russia in 1832. And in 1833, Carl Freidrich Gauss and Wilhelm Weber invented their own code to communicate at a distance of 1200m within Göttingen, Germany.
In 1932, Jay B. Nash wrote Spectatoritis. Nash wrote it at the dawn age of the machine. His concern about what Americans would do during their leisure time created by the mechanization of life.
Here’s an excerpt: “Within our grasp is the leisure of the Greek citizen, made possible by our mechanical slaves, which far outnumber his twelve to fifteen per free man… As we step into a room, at the touch of a button a dozen lights our way.
Another slave sits twenty-four hours a day at our thermostat, regulating the heat of our home. Another sits night and day at our automatic refrigerator. They start our car; run our motors; shine our shoes; and cut our hair. They practically eliminate time and space by their very fleetness.”
As the years passed, the IoT is slowly emerging and with the inception of barcode in 1952 was the first wearable computer. This computer tries to predict roulette outcomes and in 1955, the first message is sent via ARPANET. In 1982, Melon University invented a Coke Machine, a badge system that transmitted a person’s location using infrared.
Since then, many developments were made that paved way to what the IoT is today.
The term Internet of Things was coined by Auto-ID Center Executive Director Kevin Aston. He illustrates the concept of a global system of interconnected objects – a standardized way for computers to understand the real world.
Today, the Internet of Things are the innovators and tech pioneers that have already started to already take shape in the future of our devices and gadgets.
A popular example is a smart fridge. This refrigerator could tell you if you run out of eggs, or if your milk cartons is nearing its expiration date.
Would it be great if your egg carton reminds you that you’ve ran out of eggs? Well, EggMinder is just that, and more. EggMinder is a smart egg carton that reminds you of how many eggs you have left. What’s more, this IoT tells which of the eggs are the oldest and tell which ones are bad. This IoT connects to your mobile device.
Nest is a smart thermostat that acts as the core heating system of your home. With this IoT, you can use it to set when to turn the boiler on or off. Nest turns the heat up or down depending on the condition and can also learn your habits and adjust to the temperature accordingly.
Ninja Sphere is a device that knows everything that is happening in your house, then, report it via smartphone, smart TV or smartwatch.
Tagg is a smart pet collar that helps you keep track of your pet wherever you go. It also keeps track of your dogs activity, thereby providing you insights about the dog’s behavior and pet.
Jibo is a cute family robot that is more like a family personal assistant. This robot has the ability to learn the faces of the person in the family and provides them with a message or information fit for that person. It can tell storybooks to children, search for a recipe online, take your pictures and remind you of things.
Is it Safe
Now that these devices have gone from just giving you reminders to getting your personal information, more and more questions arise. Is it safe?
Most of these devices collect a lot of personal information about people like when a smart home knows when the user is at home or what the person is doing at the moment.
IoT is relatively safe and you are unlikely to face serious damage or loss to using the IoT. However, it can’t be guaranteed that it would be safe in the future. If the IoT has gone far enough to fetch more of your personal data, that’s the time you need to be concerned.
Whether a hype or a real deal, the Internet of Things is here to stay. In the future all our appliances are interconnected with one another. Whether it will stay or be just a hype or a fad is a tough one to answer, but it all depends on how people will adapt to it.