With Google’s last three acquisitions — Boston Dynamics, Nest and DeepMind — it seems like it is rapidly collecting the individual pieces to put together a “real life Internet,” a network of AI-driven robots and objects that could improve transportation, manufacturing and even day-to-day consumer life.
This draws attention to the Internet of Things, a term that has captured imaginations and eyeballs.
The physical world is fast turning into virtual. Most organizations have always followed predictable pathways of communication. But now the familiar networks of information are changing. The physical world itself is becoming connected.
Information gathering now has become a primary industry as information generation is taking precedence over all else. All things, physical and virtual are getting connected through wired and wireless networks.
Every gadget you can think of is getting connected. From refrigerators to shoes, objects are becoming more than just individual things. By 2020, we will probably all be living in smart homes, travelling by smart vehicles and reaching smart schools and offices. And when we say ‘smart,’ we do not mean in the same sense as smart touch phones, we mean self updating and smart objects that know when to start working, when to stop, etc.
The Internet of Things (or IoT for short) refers to uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure. The term Internet of Things was proposed by Kevin Ashton in 2009. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) was seen as a prerequisite for the Internet of Things in the early days.
The idea is that, if all objects and people in daily life were equipped with identifiers, they could be managed and inventoried by computers. Besides using RFID, the tagging of things may be achieved through such technologies as near field communication, barcodes, QR codes and digital watermarking.
At a very basic level, “Internet of Things” means devices that can sense aspects of the real world – like temperature, lighting, the presence or absence of people or objects, etc. – and report that real-world data, or act on it. It is the biggest thing since the Industrial Revolution, they say.
Device-to-device communication creates other possibilities. Simple motion sensors can detect people moving around the house, turning lights on and off, opening or closing blinds or drapes, or even adjusting temperature.
There are 9 billion connected devices at present and by 2020 that number is going to explode to 24 billion devices, according to new statistics released by GSMA. The total number of mobile connected devices doubles from 6 billion to 12 billion by 2020.
Imagine a world where in your refrigerator prompts you to store certain items at a different temperature. This fridge tracks your usage, thus revealing when food items are nearing expiration dates. Also, your laptop, tablet, mobile, fridge, washing machine, television, bed, showers, etc, even your house, are all connected! At IntelligenceNODE, we cannot wait to welcome such a time! In spite of all the negatives present, the positives shine through…