Over the past years, one of the most interesting and discussed topics was definitely the Internet of Things, called by a lot of people “the next big thing”. But since you must be curious about what we’re actually referring to, it’s basically a network of physical objects , or devices, vehicles, building and many other items you can think of, embedded with electronics, software, a lot of sensors and, of course, connected to the internet, being able to collect and exchange data.
Even though the idea behind the Internet of Things is relatively new, there are a lot of companies, like Amazon, for example, which are looking forward to integrate it in their business. Also, more and more countries seem interested in implementing the ecosystem at a larger scale.
The United Arab Emirates is one of them, looking forward to take everything to a whole new level. Last year, a full plan for a smart city was presented and it has all the chances of becoming reality, becoming the first true Internet of Things network in the Middle East, revolutionizing the cities and usage of resources, through the data provided by sensors.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that the idea behind the Internet of Things can’t be applied at a smaller scale as well. For example, think at your house. Using a couple of IoT devices can easily turn it into a smart house, permanently connected to the Internet. Like mentioned above, Amazon made an incredible progress towards this direction, by releasing the Dash system, a consumer goods ordering service.
Keeping it short, it allows you to keep inventory of consumer goods in your house or order items just by pressing one button. But this isn’t the only great Internet of Things Implementation. Besides the FitBit and Next thermometers, the platform is integrated in printers as well. Through a special printer app, they can send you mobile notifications, whenever consumables, like ink, toner or paper, are required.
And what if we told you that you can also enjoy the advantages of Internet of Things enabled appliances, like a yogurt make or even a multi cooker. Belkin, for example, teamed up with CrockPot and launche, thanks to their WeMo connected appliance platform, unveiled a IoT slow cooker, available for just $99. Users are able to adjust the timing and temperature through an iOS or Android app!
To sum up, allow us to say that all these examples given above are just a few examples of how this platform can be used. In a few years, having connected devices and appliances all over the house won’t be something that special. We will simply go in front of the fridge and, using a touchscreen, check out what groceries we need. Then, after pushing a few buttons, they will already be ordered. Isn’t technology wonderful?