The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the promising technologies grabbing the attention of tech stalwarts and young developers alike. While an average homeowner may not be aware of what an IoT device is, the chances are high that he is already moving towards this revolutionary new concept of design. The interest in this technology is so high that there are a blockchain and cryptocurrency project called IOTA dedicated to making the internet of things better via distributed ledgers.
So, what is IoT?
The Internet of Things is a unique ecosystem where several devices are connected to the internet. These devices have been programmed or fitted with sensors that could help them collect and share information without human intervention. The technology used in these objects have crude versions of human ‘senses’ which can interact with the object’s physical environment, collect that data and take some decisions thereof.
These devices could be your air conditioners, toasters, coffee makers and even ovens. Imagine finding a recipe for cheesecake, creating a batter and then sending that recipe to your oven directly via internet. The oven can then determine how long to bake the cake according to the manual.
However, IoT is not simply about making things easier for us. It depends on the creation of an internet where each device can digitally represent itself. The more data we gather, the more efficient our lives will become. A coffee machine that can tell you if something is wrong or if it has completed its lifecycle can save you from headaches and frustrating arising out of loud beeps and consistent descaling.
Data is power, so is connectivity
When all our devices remain connected to the internet, our lives become enriched with information. At the same time, connectivity with more devices means better control over our environment. It means that your device can now connect to the cloud and other devices in a network and share information in unprecedented ways. Being welcomed to a perfect temperature, warm bath, and a heated dinner is just one of the many ways in which IoT could change our future.
Where IoT really shines is in large organizations where big data, gazillion bytes of information and several thousand devices work in synchrony. Given the IoT advantage, these devices can interact with each other, help in reducing paperwork, reduce effort and improve efficiency at the same time.
Does IoT have a security risk?
This is one of the most common questions about a technology that makes devices perpetually connected to the internet. The threats about security stand true as far as the idea of ‘connected devices’ is concerned. However, we must understand that the purchase data of a device isn’t necessarily uploaded to the cloud. Also, connected devices are designed to send only ‘relevant’ data to their network. This means that the chances of a device recording your entire life or breaching your privacy are greatly reduced.
What do you think about the Internet of Things? The concept is exciting and already in use at our homes and offices in one way or the other. Would you prefer to live in a smart, connected home? Let us know in the comments.