Explore the latest advancements in the Internet of Things, and get a glimpse into a life made simpler through connected devices
The iPhone was released on June 29, 2007. It marked the beginning of the Second Wave of technology, the advent of the mobile Internet - something now almost ubiquitous in the modern world. The First Wave connected people to machines. The Second Wave was about social interaction – connecting people to people.
Today, the Third Wave is well underway: machine to machine.
The number of connected devices is predicted to explode from 10 billion today to 34 billion by 2020. Of those 34 billion, only 10 billion of those devices will be classified as the common smartphone, watch, and tablet – devices that didn't exist a decade ago.
The Internet of Things (IoT) will revolutionize entire industries in ways we may not even imagine now: automating farming, monitoring municipal water supplies, connecting our phone to our house to our coffee maker and refrigerator and, in turn, our appliances to their technicians.
Let's take a moment to imagine how your life might be like with connected devices and IoT technology...
A Day in the Life...With IoT
Start your day off on the right foot
Your alarm goes off. You roll out of bed and enter the bathroom. It's a workday and sensing the time and your presence in the bathroom, your shower turns on. After 5 minutes out of bed, the bed determines you're committed to starting your day so it instructs the coffee pot to begin brewing your morning joe. The thermostat adjusts the temperature in preparation of your arrival downstairs.
As you pour your first cup of coffee your house reads you the morning news. You inquire to the weather and, since it's going to be cold outside, you ask your home to ready the car; it's too cold to walk.
The garage opens and the car pulls itself outside, its heater is already going and the temperature has adjusted to a nice 74º F. You sit down in the car and immediately receive a notification on your watch you left your medicine inside. Back into the cold, you run to the door and put your hand on the lock. The biometric lock unlocks and disarms the alarm. You grab your medicine, get back into the car, and head to work. The house locks itself and arms the alarm behind you.
On the way to work, the GPS indicates an issue with the route you normally take. The best route is calculated. This route will take you by a grocery store. Knowing this, your refrigerator informs you - since you're going that way anyway - you are out of milk. You acknowledge the notification and defer it to later.
Redefine "work" with the help of connected machines
At work, nothing too unusual happens. It's your typical "Rise of the Machines" day. You receive a couple of notifications via a dashboard that a couple of machines at a customer site are running low on supplies. You've grown accustomed to the machines, themselves, requesting the supplies.
Still not one to trust the machines though, you confirm that the appropriate technicians have already had the customer added to their service routes and the customer was notified to expect them today.
At lunch, your medicine is dispensed to you - and you only - as you place your finger on your biometrically secure pill dispensation unit - TAD - to receive your dosage.
Good thing TAD reminded you to take it with you this morning or it would be a mad dash home and back during lunch.
Enjoy a new confidence in medical diagnosis & treatment
Finished with the work day, you alter your route back home to stop by the hospital to visit your sister and see your newborn, albeit premature, niece. They let you feed your niece and you watch as the data collected about the feeding from the SSB (Suck-Swallow-Breathe) sensor displays itself on the nearby tablet before being sent off into the cloud for analysis. As it stands, the data right now indicates she can go home in a couple of days without a feeding tube. You add the date to your calendar via your watch.
You then look over at your sister and notice that she's not hooked up to the machines around her. Back when your brother's first child was born - just two years ago - your sister-in-law was hooked up to all manner of machines reading her vitals. These days, everything is wireless, but the machines are still there. Beeping. Monitoring.
Last stop before arriving home is the grocery store. You must satisfy your refrigerator's desire for some milk and you grab yourself something to eat for dinner. You ask your house, via your watch, to preheat the oven to the temperature recommended on the package. At the register, you place your fingerprint on the reader, confirm the amount and that it's ok to charge your preferred card on the terminal, and head back to the car.
End your day in a home that welcomes you
As you leave the store, the car sends a notification to your house to let it know it is the destination and you will arrive in about 10 minutes. The house adjusts the lighting and temperature for your arrival and as you pull into the driveway the garage door opens for you. You step out of the car and walk to the door as the car pulls itself into the garage.
Walking to the door, you hear the familiar whir of mechanics and electronics spin up as your car docks with the house to begin charging and to send out diagnostic and operating data to the manufacturer and the mechanic. You've adopted this sound and process as normal and barely notice.
Once inside, you put the food in the preheated oven and walk into the living room. Your preferred music turns on and you tell the house to, instead, turn on the TV and find something in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre to watch as you eat your dinner and prepare for bed.
Once again in bed, the house shuts down, adjusting the lighting and temperature to optimum levels as you drift off to sleep. As you doze off, your house receives a notification your car is going to need some maintenance. It determines you're already asleep and defers it until the morning after making a request for a car service to take you to work so the technician can come by and perform the maintenance.
These events, themselves, may seem like science fiction or fantasy, but they are events that occur everyday today. It's not science fiction but modern day reality.
Are You Ready?
IoT will expand the amount of data we collect about our environments and in 5 to 10 years we will look back and marvel at how we made decisions when we were so ill-informed.
The data gathered will open up new avenues in deep learning, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Today's chatbots are the first in this line and IBM's Watson project is only still scratching the surface of what will be possible.
IoT is the third wave of technology. If you're not preparing to ride it, you may well be submerged beneath it.
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