By 2020, there will be tens of billions of data-spouting devices connected to the Internet. And they’re already changing how we live and work
The ability to do these things and a whole lot more is thanks to the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT refers to an expanding network of connected objects that can collect and exchange data through embedded sensors. Those objects can be just about anything: from domestic appliances through to farm animals.
Smart homes filled with connected products are loaded with possibilities to make our lives easier, more convenient, and more comfortable. Internet-enabled devices include locks for the doors, surveillance cameras, smoke alarms, thermostats and even video-cam equipped doorbells. Combine it with an Amazon Echo or Google Home speaker and you can control your home just by talking to it.
There is no shortage of possibilities for smart home IoT devices, and home automation seems to be the wave of the future. Today, you can put smart home technology in your home right now simply by signing up to some apps online which identifies the changing landscape of homes and lifestyles and how we can interact with technology to create more comfortable and sustainable lives.
The first and most obvious benefit to smart homes is convenience, as more connected devices can handle more operations (lighting, temperature, etc.) and frees up the resident to perform other tasks. Even smartphones will become not only everyone’s portal into the Internet of Things ecosystem but a complete remote control to your life.
Smart homes are just one small part of our daily lives that the Internet of Things will transform in the coming years. Here are the changes coming to our everyday lives – some obvious, other perhaps less obvious.
- Monitoring your health:When a prescription is running low, an appointment will be made with your physician through connected RX bottles. Doctors will be kept informed with how often and when their patients are taking their medicine and those with ongoing health issues will be able to have things such as blood pressure and sugar levels monitored remotely.
- Wearable device: Wearable tech has perhaps gotten the most attention in the Internet of Things chatter to date. Many products are now in their second or third generations, offering sleeker designs and more integration with different systems. From monitoring activity during workouts to sleeping patterns to hearing aids, the devices that we “wear” are becoming much more sophisticated, connecting to all of our social media accounts, and tracking much more quality and quantity data.
- Monitoring your baby: Through smartphones, parents can monitor their baby’s breathing, temperature, activity and an alert would be sent when there is an abnormal activity. Of course, the other babies in your life will also reap the benefits of connectivity. Pet monitoring systems will allow you to monitor their activity and behavior from afar, so you can see how well your potty training is working and how honest your dog walker really is.
- Grocery lists:Smart refrigerators will sense when you are running low on staples such as eggs or milk and will automatically populate your grocery list. Stores will push reminders to add items to your list when it predicts you about to run out based on your historical purchasing behavior and average buying trends. When you are walking through the store, reminders will get pushed to you to ensure you never have to make that dreaded second trip.
- Tuning your car:As more machines speak to each other and systems integrate, you will no longer miss an oil change. Your truly “smart” car will preemptively reach out to your mechanic when it is time for the annual tune up or your tire pressure is running low, and by cross referencing your calendar, appointment suggestions will be delivered to you to confirm a time with one click.
- Energy consumption:High-energy consumption household appliances will adjust based on dynamic price signals to lower your electric bill. Thermostats and lighting will learn your habits to create the optimal setting based on your daily life, such as turning to your ideal temperature just before you arrive home. These gadgets will also sense when no one is in the house and turn off automatically to reduce wastes and costs.
Article by Blessing Bassey