The internet of Things and a Smart world

What is the internet of thing you ask, well put simply it is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). Its potential to impact the future is tremendous. Just look at this video of the possibilities of a product that is already being sold.

Just imagine a world where on your way to a meeting, your car could have access to your calendar and already know the best route to take, if the traffic is heavy your car might send a text to the other party notifying them that you will be late. What if your office equipment knew when it was running low on supplies and automatically re-ordered more? (Breeden, J 2013). This is the future the internet of things can provide, a world where we are constantly connected. However we still have a long way to go and there remains to be great changes to current infrastructure in order to facilitate the smart world that Eastwood (2015) imagines, which is featured below.

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In the report conducted by the Hammersmith group (2010) it outlines changes that need to be made in order to make this dream a reality, this includes improvement to the current range of Wifi, an advanced communication system, larger data storage and more complex analysis facilities (p. 8) The report concluding that in 5 – 10 years 100 billion devices will be connected to the Internet. Personally I am interested in seeing how smart appliances will create lifestyle benefits, promote energy conservation and improve technologies currently available.

I imagine screen less monitors, virtual reality, holographic TV, wireless electricity, hypersonic trains, flying cars and autonomous robots. Basically ‘Back to the Future’ meets, ‘Bladerunner’, ‘Irobot’ and any other high tech film set in the future. I cant wait.

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Eastwood, N 2015, Machine-to-Machine communications is the key to smarter life, accessed 18 October, http://www.businessinsider.in/Machine-to-Machine-communication-is-the-key-to-smarter-life/articleshow/49287342.cms

Breeden, J 2013, What is M2M and why is it the future of code, accessed 18 October 2015, https://gcn.com/articles/2013/03/22/m2m-future-of-code.aspx

Morgan J 2014, The Internet of things explained, accessed 18 October 2015, http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobmorgan/2014/05/13/simple-explanation-internet-things-that-anyone-can-understand/

The Hammersmith group 2010, The Internet of things: Networked objects and smart devices, pp. 1 – 7

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