If you have been online at any point over the past few years, you’ve likely come across this test: “IoT”. Perhaps you wondered if this was a spelling error or something? If your text does not include serifs, you may wonder, ‘is that lower-case “L” oT or | (pipe) oT? Even if you recognize it, what it means may evade you.
IoT stands for the “Internet of Things”. One of our many ‘tech’ clients is heavily involved with IoT and its impact on how we live and the data to go along with it. So what is “IoT”? The “Internet of Things” is how devices in our homes work with and for us.
Can your Samsung refrigerator tell you how much milk to buy or how many eggs are left? The IoT is how “things” like your refrigerator can let know see or know these things in real time! The Samsung Family Hub 2.0 has voice controls, an LCD display, and is connected to the Internet too so you can do a lot more than check the eggs…
Ever wished you could have your home interior lights, garage light, or front porch light come on by demand or on a program that you can control? Think IoT.
Chairman, chief executive officer, and co-founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg created project JARVIS to illustrate the power of the “Internet of Things” using an app he made using an iOS device. The possibilities are seemingly endless. On his Facebook page, Mark posted this video back in December of 2016:
After a year of coding, here's Jarvis.
Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, December 20, 2016
The one issue with the trend and consumer interest of IoT products is privacy. A Google Home or Amazon Echo can listen for you to ask for things and are always on stand-by for providing you music, weather, or news. But that same constantly-on status some fear could be used to creep into you personal life. No one wants to feel like their private moments are being recorded or sent out live to some party to record your interests.
Products with IoT capabilities use technology such as Bluetooth, QR codes, RFID, Wi-Fi, LTE Advanced, Ethernet and more.
As with all things, technology can help us do more and more. Though the price can be high. For instance, the Samsung Hub Spot 2.0 refrigerator noted above starts at nearly $4,000 and while the Energy Saver rating may be good for the ‘cold’ part, the power requirements for electricity may be way up. So choose wisely.
To help further illustrate what counts as items on the IoT list, consider these items you can learn more about or even buy as shown on http://iotlist.co/:
- Awair Glow – a smart electrical plug that also monitors air quality
- Google Daydream – a virtual reality headset that works with smartphones
- Lyric T5 – wi-fi controlled home thermostat
- Ring doorbell – doorbell for home that includes a 1080p video camera to see who is there without opening the door
- Prodigio Nespresso coffee maker – want your coffee ready when you are heading home or to the kitchen, this will do the trick
- Apple Watch – also qualifies as an IoT
- Withings – a wireless blood pressure monitor
- Tripper – real-time alerts for when windows, doors, and cabinets are opened