74% of Business Executives worldwide aren’t sure what the Internet of things (IoT) means or have even heard of it before, according to eMarketer. But, I’d bet that although many haven’t heard of the term IoT, many people are more familiar with the Internet of Things than they think.
Forbes contributor, Jacob Morgan, defines the Internet of things as “the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of.”
How does IoT affect my life?
So what does this mean? What are the real life applications for the Internet of things? Imagine getting on your scale in the morning after the holidays. You’ve gained a few pounds from all of those holiday cookies. Instead of figuring out an exercise regime and counting calories, your scale sends the data to your bracelet and your bracelet changes your daily workout goal and calorie intake. You are suddenly living a healthier life without giving it any thought. Sound incredible and futuristic? Fitbit is already doing this with their Aria scale and Fitbit wearables.
The smart home is another example. You’re at the airport about to go on vacation and you get a sinking feeling in your stomach. Did you turn down the heat? Did you turn off your curling iron? You should’ve left a light on and the radio playing so it looked like you were home. With a connected home you could control all of this from your phone or tablet at the airport and board your flight worry free. This example is also becoming a reality with companies like LittleBits Electronics selling Smart Home Kits that can turn any household object into a connected object.
The Internet of Things is an exciting concept that seems right out of the pages of science fiction. Tech developers believe that connected devices are the future and I couldn’t agree more. IoT has the potential to change the way we interact with the world!
Originally ghost written for steverenner.com