The Internet Of Things, how can something so complex make our lives better?
The improved quality of our lives, delivered by the Internet Of Things is often lost in the complexities surrounding it. So how do non-technical people understand what does the Internet of things mean?
Simply put, the Internet of Things (IoT) means, everyday devices equipped with sensors and connectivity to work together and can sense aspects of the real world — like temperature, lighting, movement, etc. – understand it and then report real time data or act on it in order to make our lives easier. In other words, the IoT, allows us to control devices remotely or automatically, make sense out of the information that sensors and devices are reporting, and take action automatically. The result is reducing costs, preventing or mitigating disasters, and increasing efficiency.
Still confused? So was I until while doing my research on how to understand IoT I stumbled upon an article by Geoff Duncan that had two very interesting examples describing how our future could look like by bringing IoT to our homes and surroundings.
“The smart refrigerator”
The smart refrigerator can read RFID tags on grocery items as they’re put inside, then look up those tags via the Internet to identify the type of groceries you just purchased (milk, eggs, frozen products etc.)
The fridge tracks usage and then will alert owners when they’re running out of groceries, or need more food. Another feature of the smart fridge could warn you about products expiration dates. The refrigerator could even further and place an order automatically perhaps through Amazon Fresh.
“The smart Cabinet “
Smart cabinets can automatically order supplies. For example, seniors using the smart cabinets to track meds and order refills etc. Smart cabinets can also send alerts that they are running low on toilet paper, or toiletries.
Younger generations are already comfortable with IoT being a part in their everyday lives. On a broader scale the IoT can be applied to things like transportation networks “smart cities” which can help us reduce waste and improve efficiency for things such as energy use; this helping us understand and improve how we work and live.
How do you feel about bringing IoT to your life?