IoT: Emerging Future
Can you imagine the future where everything is interconnected to each other which allow you to share, retrieve, monitor, and control thing through the internet?? For instance, your phone will call the ambulance on its own when it detected your heart beat became erratic. Or perhaps, the hospital will have a server which monitor your heart beat through your phone 24/7 and sent help, should anything wrong happen to you. Likewise, when you go shopping, your fridge at home will sent you a shopping list to your phone considering your personal interest and everything left in the fridge.
“In the next century, planet earth will don an electronic skin.
It will use the Internet as a scaffold to support and transmit its sensations.”
– Neil Gross 1999
The IoT or Internet of Things is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data. The Internet of Things allows objects to be sensed and controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems.
The concept of a network of smart devices was discussed as early as 1982, with a modified Coke machine at Carnegie Mellon University becoming the first internet-connected appliance, able to report its inventory and whether newly loaded drinks were cold. And the practical appliance became more and more throughout the year until the concept of Internet of Things became really famous in 1999, through the Auto-ID Center at MIT and related market-analysis publications.
So how does it work??
The explanation of the concept of Internet of Things, can varied from the level of strong complexity to the simplest one. ‘Things’, in the IoT sense, can refer to a wide variety of object such as, device, appliances, vehicle, infrastructure, soil, animal, plant, and even people themselves. And to turn a normal thing into a smart thing which is the term in IoT, you can follow 3 simple steps – Unique Identity, Internet Connectivity, and 5 Senses / Sensors. For instance, to turn a normal cup to a smart cup which can sense the temperature and report to your phone, or identify the substance inside the glass with detail and advise you with health care information.
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