«The impact of the IoT About the IoT and the impact on consumers The IoT is creating a new world, a quantifiable and measurable world, where people ...»
The impact of the IoT
About the IoT and the impact on consumers
The IoT is creating a new world, a quantifiable and measurable world, where people and
business can manage their assets in better informed ways, able to make timely and correct
decisions of what they want or need to do. This new connected world will offer fundamental
changes to society and to consumers in society. The rise of the IoT will create many practical
improvements in our world, leading to more comfort and lower energy cost, better security, more convenience, enabling senior citizens to live at home longer, etc.
The IoT in tree categories The IoT can be split in three categories: (1) the wearables, (2) the smart home devices and (3) the M2M devices.
The first two categories are the most important for consumers. The wearables are the devices that people carry with them, and that usually connect via Bluetooth to the smart phone, and from there to the internet. It includes things like smart watches, fitness bands, step counters and devices to help people to live more “mindful” – making them aware of how well they sleep, how much they move around, monitoring their vital signs, etc.
The smart home devices are also part of the IoT and usually connect via ZigBee and the home router to the internet. They include all the devices in the home, from lights and light switches to motion sensors, thermostats, door locks, automated curtains, sun shades, etc. The smart phone also plays a role in the smart home – functioning as an online dashboard and control device for the smart home’s various devices and appliances.
The third category M2M devices (Machine to Machine) describes IoT systems in, where devices are directly connected to the cellular network, like cars being able to report where they are (in case of an accident or theft), or when a vending machine calls when it is about to run out of stuff.
The IoT is already big, but will get much more pervasive, just like the internet of people today has become pervasive.
Intriguing types of IoT devices designed to make consumers lives easier The trending applications at this moment are fitness bands that track how active people are, how well they sleep, etc. It quantifies a person, and objectively communicates how healthy a person is actually living, (not subjectively how healthy a person thinks she/he lives). It is a typical example of quantifying a person, providing (bio-) feedback and enables the person to The Green Case
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