Have you heard or came across a concept “Internet of things” ? Imagine a world where your toaster “talks” to you or where a car automatically senses when you are in danger. That world is now. For many of us who grew up watching the “Jetsons” on television, we couldn’t possibly know that in our lifetime we would see machines that acted almost human. The technology that created these wonders has been developed over decades by visionaries who saw the potential of having machines that could anticipate desires.
When did the concept of Internet of Things first come into play?
The concept first came into play in the 1980s when programmers at Carnegie Mellon University created an application to track soda in a soda machine.
The basic premise was that the user would have the ability to check the status without having to be physically on location. This is an important consideration when you consider the wide usage this type of application can have. Programmers soon discovered that having the ability to track inventory and gain information could have other uses.
Why do we need Internet connectivity with physical objects?
Internet connectivity makes it easier to use appliances and other devices effectively. Networked objects can “talk” to each other to provide needed services. Networked objects provide in-depth and just-in-time information that you can use. It may even save a life.
How does this concept “internet of things” work in everyday life?
The Internet of Things concept works in every aspect of life. Businesses that connect their printers to the network are practicing this concept when they utilize connected devices to monitor ink and energy usages. Car manufacturers utilize the concept when they create new applications that operate the various functions of the vehicle automatically. Medical doctors utilize the concept when they monitor a baby’s heartbeat or the rhythm of a pacemaker.
What are the drawbacks of networked and connected devices?
The basic premise is the sharing of information across the network(s). Networked devices and applications quickly process information and perform tasks at speed no human can. Because the information is processed so quickly, if something goes wrong with the device you can’t catch it until it’s too late.
Intrusive monitoring and surveillance are probably one of the biggest drawbacks of connected devices. Since most networked and connected objects are not monitored themselves, there is a risk of unwanted exposure. This could lead to a data breach or worse.
Connected objects that don’t need the human touch to work are convenient. They provide instant information on a product’s status and when you can expect it in your home. You may even refill and replenish your stock without lifting a finger. The drawback here is when you order something new, and it hasn’t been connected with your system.
What are the benefits of a networked and connected device?
The need to be connected is what drives the implementation of connected devices. These applications improve life, create meaning and enjoyment to live life.