The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment. IoT uses sensors and actuators to monitor environmental data, manage tasks, and exchange data via network communications. IoT devices may be classified as wearable electronics, home appliances, smart homes, transportation systems, medical devices and industrial machinery. The term “Internet of Things” was coined by Kevin Ashton in 1999 in reference to co-founding a company called Auto-ID Labs Inc., which developed radio frequency identification (RFID).
Amazon Echo is a smart speaker that uses voice commands to control your smart home devices. It can play music, order items from Amazon and more. You can also use the device to control other smart home devices in your home, such as lights or thermostats.
The Alexa app allows you to create “routines” so that when you say an activation word (such as “Alexa”), it will trigger multiple actions at once–like turning on the lights and playing music simultaneously.
Google Home is a voice-activated speaker that allows you to play music, control smart home devices, and get answers from Google. It’s powered by the Google Assistant, which means it’s always getting smarter. Just start with “Ok Google” to ask questions like “What’s the weather?” or to control devices such as lights or thermostats (compatible with Nest).
Apple HomeKit is a smart home platform for iOS devices. It allows you to control your devices in your home with Siri, and it’s based on the device’s location and time of day.
HomeKit is a secure, encrypted protocol that uses iCloud Keychain to store user credentials for all HomeKit-enabled accessories. If you have an iPhone or iPad that supports Apple Pay, then you can use Touch ID or Face ID as an additional security measure when connecting new accessories to your network.
Smart thermostats are another common smart home device. They can be controlled remotely, which means you can adjust your home’s temperature settings from anywhere in the world. They also have a number of other features that make them a great investment for homeowners:
- Smart thermostats can be programmed to adjust temperature settings automatically based on factors like time of day or season. This helps save money because you don’t have to worry about manually adjusting them every day or week!
- Most smart thermostats come with an app that allows users access their device through their smartphone or tablet–making it easy for users who want access while they’re away from home (or asleep).
Drones, Robots and Surveillance Cameras
Drones and robots are used for many purposes. Drones can be used to monitor wildlife, crops and infrastructure. They also have many other uses such as search and rescue operations, firefighting, military purposes and even delivering packages!
Robots are also used in many different ways by companies around the world. Some of these include but aren’t limited to: delivering packages; helping people with disabilities; assisting elderly individuals with daily tasks like eating or getting dressed; performing surgery (robo-surgeons); assisting police officers on dangerous missions involving explosives or active shooters etc…
Self-Healing Networks for IoT Devices
You may be familiar with the concept of self-healing networks. If you’re not, it’s basically a network of devices that can repair themselves if they get damaged or broken. This can happen in several ways:
- The devices would be able to detect when they’ve been damaged and shut down automatically until they’re repaired.
- Alternatively, if a device has been damaged beyond repair (or is simply too old), it could signal this fact to other nearby devices so that they know not to rely on it for their own needs anymore.
The benefits of such an approach are obvious–it would reduce down time caused by hardware failures and make your whole home network more reliable overall!
The Internet of Things is getting smarter, but will we be able to keep up?
The Internet of Things (IoT) is getting smarter, but will we be able to keep up?
Smart home devices are becoming more user friendly and affordable, which means they’re also becoming more accessible. As technology advances and the price of smart home devices decreases, you’ll see them integrate with each other in new ways and connect to the cloud in even more ways than before. The future of IoT is bright–but only if you have the right knowledge base for it!
The Internet of Things is an exciting technology with many applications, but it also has its limitations. The devices are becoming smarter, but we need to make sure that they don’t become too smart for their own good.