The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things

What’s up tech family, today's blog is appropriately entitled The Internet of Things: Explained. 

The Internet of Things? What is that?  Why should I care? What does it mean for the future?

First, let’s address this interesting phrase; The Internet of Things. Look around you right now there are various devices connected to the internet in your home or office. For the most part all your devices do is get updates until you tell them to do something else. This is all done through your internet connection. Most of your devices aren’t aware of one another’s existence unless you have them networked. Even then, your devices will demand you to make them “talk to each other.” With the Internet of things, you should see a more integrated and “self-aware network” between your devices. 

Let's take a look at an example. You probably use a cell phone as your alarm clock, so we will start there. After you dismiss your alarm, the same phone turns on your smart tv and tuning in to your favorite podcast or playlist to get your morning started. You then get a quick review of your day, as well as a departure time reminder, just to make sure you get to where you your going on time all this info displayed on your TV. 

With your schedule outlined, you head to the bathroom. As you energize in the shower you can still hear the playlist in the bathroom overhead speakers. As you step out the shower and getting dressed, you smell your favorite drink brewing in the kitchen courtesy of your smart coffe maker. You then enter the kitchen, pour a cup of coffee, and grab some creamer from the fridge. As you pour the last little bit, your fridge creates a calendar reminder addressing your need for more creamer. It also sends a message to your local market to confirm the creamer's price and to make sure they have it in stock.

You grab your tablet and review documents for your meeting today, which begins at 9am. You already know have to leave the house by 7:20am to make it to your office by 8:30am, because you want extra time to prepare. While reviewing documents, your tablet notifies you of an accident and you need to leave in the next 10 mins to be on time. You rush out the house to your car that is already warmed up for you. Your doors automatically locked behind you thanks to the NFC in your phone. 

Oops! In your haste to leave you left your tablet and all your info for the meeting at home. No worries! Your car gives you the option to email the docs to your office, or remind you to go back and get the tablet. 

You get to work on time, kill your presentation,and impress your client. Sounds like a very good day if I do say so myself . Even better is the notification you receive as you are driving home from work, reminding you to stop and pick up more creamer for your morning coffee. 

This is your perfect day in the Internet of things. It sounds like something from a movie but a day like this is definitely a possibility.  All your devices are set up to become “self-aware” of each other. Imagine how your network could make life easier for both you and your family by working and adjusting "on the fly" to accomodate your daily routine and activities.

By the way, when you finally get home, you see your favorite show has been pre- recorded for you since you had to stop to get the creamer.

Tell me what you all think! leave some comments below. I dare you to start a discussion on this topic. How would you like the Internet of things to work for you? 

As always tech family, remember to #StayTechdUp!