The Internet of Things continues to find its way into every cultural nook and cranny that it can, which is kind of its nature. It is starting to become a commercially attractive idea, whereas previously it had been an industry’s secret that it would only talk about within its strange circle of friends.
Now, the tide of IoT has found its way to the shores of South by South West. New companies with good ideas are coming out with cool interconnected devices at the convention. A great example is a company called Nymi. They showed off their new wristband that detects your unique heartbeat. This would be somewhat useless if it weren’t for the fact that it can use that heartbeat as an authenticator, making it so as long as you have it on, you won’t need a password for anything. Your devices will just know that it is you accessing them. There were tons of 3D printers on the floor, one of which was printing out edible candy. Also, the Oculus Rift was there again and people were placed in a “Game of Thrones” scene by using it.
The idea of connecting to everything and everyone is now everywhere, and not without a purpose. Looking beyond the basic fact of interconnectivity people can easily see the possibilities that are implied. This is what makes it such a cool idea. The possibilities. The hard facts themselves are interesting only to that aforementioned strange circle of friends, but the possibilities are what get the average person excited. They send the mind racing off to a hundred different places, all involving something along the lines of; “so would that mean that my car could tell my garage door that I’m close to home? Then could the garage door open once I’ve reached a certain distance, without having to touch a button?” When the answer to all of those questions is yes, the future just seems a bit brighter.