Can you imagine a world where all of your everyday items are connected to the internet? We’re already pretty close to making this a reality. This includes more than just your desktop, laptop, and smartphone. We’re already used to these items having internet connectivity. How about the refrigerator? The washer and dryer? Your toaster?
The Internet of Things(IoT) is a collective movement to help establish a growing network of everyday items. To do this, items must be given some way of connecting to the web, an IP address, and some sort of information to transmit. For example, if your refrigerator is connected to the web, then you want to be able to know the contents from anywhere in the world. This usually requires the use of additional sensors.
Current Examples Of IoT.
The IoT is very much a real thing that already exists today. The concept was introduced some time ago and since then hundreds of new categories of items have been added to the expanding network. You may already have some items in your home connected to the IoT even if you don’t know it.
Let’s look at some current examples of IoT connectivity. There are home security systems, vending machines, thermostats, vehicles, appliances, alarms, and lights. Many of these things are now designed with internet connectivity in mind, but they weren’t only a decade or so ago.
Vehicles are beginning to rely on the IoT to help communicate with one another. This is intended to keep the vehicles and drivers safe while on the road. Lights and appliances connected to the IoT can be controlled from anywhere in the world if you have the proper credentials.
Vending machines use the IoT to transmit information regarding transactions to their owners. Homeowners can use the Internet of Things to control their speakers from anywhere in the house, as well as the radio. As you can clearly see, this revolutionary concept makes life easier for everyone.
The IoT Refrigerator.
One shining example of IoT connectivity is the internet-connected refrigerator. This is a concept that has been toyed with for more than a decade but has only recently seen serious production by some of the big name companies. The appliance utilizes a wide array of sensors to transmit information via the internet to an application on the owner’s smartphone.
With some of these refrigerators, you can look inside using cameras. Imagine being at the store and knowing exactly what you need in your refrigerator without anyone being at home. They even have sensors that can track the quantity of certain products and inform you when you are running low. About to run out of eggs? Your refrigerator will remind you.
More In The Future.
The refrigerator is only one key example of how great web connectivity can be for modern appliances. More than 12 billion different devices are already connected to the internet. There are far more devices connected to the IoT than there are people on the Earth. No doubt there will certainly be much more to come in the future.
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