The Internet of Things (IoT) is more than just an idea. It is a lifestyle. Here’s why it matters to you, and why I think it’s the right way to change the world.
I like this quote. It’s from the book “Smart Things in Everyday Life” by David Weinberger. You can listen to the audio version here. He says “I don’t know how you get to the point where you’re not aware of how you use your body.
IoT is a buzzword for many people. I have been asked many times, “What is the Internet of Things?” People hear this term and immediately think of a fancy set of sensors, networks, and cloud services that are going to be at the center of our lives. This is a bit of a false analogy. I can say that the Internet of Things is an idea, but that you might actually want to think about this idea more seriously.
The Internet of Things is a really good analogy. To get a clear understanding of the concept, let’s imagine you’re driving somewhere and you have a bunch of sensors on your car. Now if you’re like most people, you probably make a lot of assumptions about what “the Internet of Things” means.
Imagine youre in a car in a boring city and the car stops. You look out the window and see a huge billboard with a picture of some cool gadget for your car and some description of how it works. You open the door and you step on the seat. You look around and you see a bunch of tech-savvy people sitting on couches watching you as you drive by. Now imagine you get home and your car has a bunch of sensors on it.
I think the beauty of the Internet of Things is that you can literally walk into a building or other structure and ask it questions and it will figure it out for you. This is the kind of stuff that is so hard to believe in today, but imagine being able to do it in a city like Chicago. Imagine if you could walk into your coffee shop and order a cup of coffee without having to ask a coffee machine to do it.
The Internet of Things is the idea of getting connected to things that are outside of your physical world. Think about your car or maybe your computer. You can actually have the car tell you when to go to the gas station, but then you can also tell the coffee maker to start brewing your coffee and it will do it with your exact order.
It’s not a new idea, but the Internet of Things has really changed everything. Even if you can’t build a car, you can probably build a car-like device. What you can’t do is build a smart device that can take you to the gas station just by talking to a coffee machine or your phone. Even if you could build a car that does exactly that, it still wouldn’t be as cool as the Internet of Things.
The Internet of Things is a little more complicated than just a device that can be controlled by your phone. The Internet of Things doesn’t just mean that anything you can build will have a smart device that can communicate with that thing, it also means that you’re able to build a smart device that will help you not waste your money on things that don’t actually work, or help you track your car and make sure you don’t run over the brakes.
Thats a nice way of saying that the Internet of Things is a system where all the little smart devices are connected to each other and you can see all their data. In many ways, like the Internet of Things, we are building a “smart house.” The house we are building is the Internet of Things of our home.