Essentially any device with an on and off switch has potential to integrate into the network.
It's almost 2016 and we're still just beginning to explain the Internet of Things (IoT) but it's coming closer to a reality every day. Wearables are in and smartphones are practically omnipresent in our everyday lives. How did we really ever live, function, or know where anything was before Google?
The ability to instantly have information at our fingertips may have been considered a luxury in the past, but now it is almost universally seen as a necessity in most first world countries. We want to know where we're going, what the menu is at the restaurant before we get there and how much it's going to cost, and where the best sites in town are to see and be seen. And it's all made possible by the magic of the internet...and things.
How did we really ever live, function, or know where anything was before Google?
Though people have made jokes about how irrelevant it may be to have your wearables communicate with your refrigerator, what if everything really did work that way one day? The concept of the Internet of Things has been around for several years but with technology becoming increasingly pervasive in the routine of our lives, is it really that unreasonable to think that your coffee maker might actually be able to communicate to your GPS system and notify your vehicle that you're leaving the house? Then your GPS can select the optimal route to the office based on traffic and timing. It doesn't seem that far-fetched anymore. The basic principles behind the IoT focus on gathering and analyzing data to create a more efficient environment, whether that be the workplace or in your home. The central idea behind this concept is that not only smartphones but other smart devices will be able to communicate with each other using the internet. Essentially any device with an on and off switch has potential to integrate into the network.
According to Tech Crunch we should start to look for more hologram technology to begin developing in 2016. With the popularity of virtual reality on the rise, this shouldn't come as too big of surprise. The ability to connect all things real with all things seemingly real is a not just a passion project for thousands of innovators, it's an opportunity to change the way society functions. We're already debating how ethical it is for our data to be stored on secure servers in an intangible cloud and who should be allowed access. We grant permission to our smartphones to listen in on our conversations and then are surprised and either irritated or find it very convenient that advertising pops up for our latest product or service search. We may not live in smart home or smart office just yet, but 2016 is sure to bring more collaboration in the science of connecting people to people and people to things.
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