August 20, 2020
I was today years old when I heard the term “Internet of Things.” It wasn’t a term that popped up in my day-to-day, but it was a concept where I was unknowingly a participant.
Look around your home and see how many of these gadgets you have. You might even be wearing one.
There are tons of smart devices that make up the Internet of Things. Everything from voice assistants, coffee makers, yoga mats, cameras, and smoke detectors to automated robot lawnmowers. But, if you still aren’t quite sure of what it is, here is my oversimplified definition:
The Internet of Things is the umbrella term for all of the internet-connected devices that learn about their environment and their users to provide unique, customized experiences. Here’s an actual definition and a short video explanation.
For example, I have a Nest Thermostat. After installation, it got to work pretty much immediately—learning the times of day we changed the temperature most often and the degrees we preferred (based on the temperature outside). It learned that in the winter, I would wake up between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. (and definitely use the app from bed!) to change the temperature to 65-70 degrees.
When the kids, hubby, and I got up around 6:30 or 7:00 a.m., the house would be warm as we got ready for the day. After a few days, it set a schedule using the information it learned from our habits—turn heat to 70 degrees at 4:30 a.m. and then shut off at 7:30 a.m. (as it sensed no motion in the home once we all left for the day). Pretty handy!
Overall, the Internet of Things is more than a term for fancy Wi-Fi devices that offer some pretty good customer service. The Internet of Things represents an evolution in the way we interact with technology and the way we can now weave technology into our everyday lives to make things easier, more personal, and convenient.
Consumer Technology Specialist
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