What is the Internet Of Things?
The Internet of Things (IOT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.
A thing, in the Internet of Things, can be a person with a heart monitor implant, a farm animal with a biochip transponder, an automobile that has built-in sensors to alert the driver when tire pressure is low — or any other natural or man-made object that can be assigned an IP address and provided with the ability to transfer data over a network.
Together algorithms and compute (i.e. software & hardware) provide the “intelligent spark” that makes a product experience smart, for example smart phones and televisions.
In the Internet of things, connectivity is much more than putting on a WiFi module and calling it a day. It is a very complex process that I still don’t understand how its accomplished.
Our senses play a huge role in our everyday lives as we all know, it helps us all understand the physical world and the people around us. Replicating those sensing processes is once again a very complex task but it is one of the characteristics of IOT devices.
Expressing enables interactivity with people and the physical world. Whether it is a smart home or a farm with smart agriculture technology, expressing provides us with a means to create products that interact intelligently with the real world.
A very important characteristic we all must consider when designing IOT devices is the energy they run on and with all the concerns globally regarding energy consumption this must be a fore most factor.
Safety in my opinion is the most important characteristic a IOT device must contain, The devices we create must not only be secure regarding networks and personal data but they must put ones personal well being first before anything else.
Do they need to be connected to the Cloud?
At this stage they do, however I believe in the not so distant future that will not be the case with all IOT devices. I believe it will be a optional choice depending on the device and purpose.
Are they always related to Big Data?
Once again, yes at this stage they do and like I said in the above question I believe that in the future it wont be the case. Some devices may operate better and have better features when relating to Big Data and some devices wont, it all depends on the device.
Considering over 90% of the world has mobile coverage, the Internet of Things is going to be huge, it has already started and I’m not too sure how I feel about it to be honest.
I can see some really great opportunities with this technology, for example the health industry, police, fire department, safety industry and so forth however I fear the consequences it may have on society may be dire too, in particular laziness. Society is already battling obesity, so having curtains that open themselves rather than someone getting up and doing it manually, is that a good thing?
I too worry about how this technology will affect my children, reading an article about a school that offer IPad classes to pre schoolers concerns me. Kids wont know how to write one day or do simple maths because in a world where technology does everything for us, why would they need to? Hmmm food for thought.