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The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is a phrase that we are hearing more and more often. This is in it’s infancy, so be prepared to hear it many more times. Many have a general grasp of what it is, but why does it matter to you, a regular person living a “normal” life?

It matters because this technology is going to make your life simpler, safer and really, if you can embrace it, more fun.

Lets be geeky for a moment and really define it: The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

Now in layman terms: Everything that we use, from kitchen appliances, to running shoes to a CNC machine in your factory, all talking the same computer language and sharing relevant data. Relevant data is specific to the item, the being or the site, as determined by the programmer. As the programmer of your life, you get to decide what you want to share and keep, data-wise.

What would this look like in real life?

Think about the TV commercial that says, “Honey, can you pick up milk on the way home?” The guys looks at his smart phone and actually uses it to actually look into the fridge to see if they truly need milk or not.

Those running shoes you like – the data shows they are good for 2 years or 200 miles. Guess what happens when your running shoes, with embedded technology, gets near one of those thresholds? You get a text from ABC shoe company showing you their latest and greatest models, and probably a video testimonial or 3 PLUS details where you can buy them locally. So if your shoes can trigger all that, the possibilities are endless.

Here are 3 links to learn more:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobmorgan/2014/05/13/simple-explanation-internet-things-that-anyone-can-understand/#422481876828

http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/I/internet_of_things.html

http://www.postscapes.com/internet-of-things-definition/

While we have no connection to the companies listed or their ideas and opinions, these seem to be some of the best sources for non-geek understanding of this emerging technology.

Welcome to your future,

G

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