What is the Internet of Things and how it will change our lives in the future

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The Internet of Things, is one of the most popular terms in recent years in the technology industry. In the past CES 2015, for example, we could see how many companies like Qualcomm or Samsung talked about products and ideas related to this concept. But what is actually the Internet of Things? Why all give so much importance to this concept? How will it affect our lives in the future?

The Internet of Things is the next big step in the technology industry. Very briefly, the Internet of Things is a concept that is based on the interconnection of any product with any other around. From a book to the fridge in your own home. The goal is to make all these devices to communicate with each other and therefore they need to be more intelligent and independent. For this it is necessary to use the protocol IPv6 and the development of many technologies currently being designed by the leading companies in the sector.

Its significance can be brutal in both economic areas and social. Greater even than the digital age. And the Internet of Things allows computers to interact with elements of real life and gain independence from humans, leaving us in charge from what is really important.

Home automation is one of the main fields of application of the IoT.
Home automation is one of the main fields of application of the IoT.

A practical example: thanks to the Internet of Things, our refrigerators would be able to measure the remaining food inside and instruct the specified provider depleted elements. You’ll never have to worry about buying milk, eggs or your favorite yogurt.The refrigerator continuously measure the stock and therefore act independently.

The wearables are another example. Everyday Things such as T-shirts, watches, bracelets, made intelligent through the application of this concept. Now clocks not only provide us the time, but also connect to the Internet, exchange data with external servers and act accordingly to information that feature both the sensors and servers.

Wearables are a clear example of everyday objects connected to the Internet.
Wearables are a clear example of everyday objects connected to the Internet.

This can also be applied deeper way at home. Deploying a series of sensors and processors, could automate the control of the windows, furnace temperature, lights, etc. And, being the entire system connected to the internet, it would also be possible to wirelessly control what we please.

Another of the main fields of application of the Internet of Things is the cities, making them more intelligent and efficient. For example:many times we look forward to a completely absurd red light on our way because they dont circulate any car nor any person around us.
Thanks to the Internet of Things, these lights can be connected to a circuit cameras throughout the city to identify the level of traffic and mass movement, thus preventing these absurd expect in areas of little movement.
The Internet of Things will also open the door to autonomous cars.
The Internet of Things will also open the door to autonomous cars.

Another example of application of the Internet of Things to cities is found in traffic signs. Applying the IoT, if we go to higher speed in an area where speed is limited, our car automatically reduce it after receiving data from any of the signs around us. This, facilitates the arrival and expansion of autonomous cars in our lives.

IoT standardization will have a brutal economic and social impact.if we bring the Internet of Things to broader areas such as national security or the companies, the significance and the possibilities are even greater. For example: automated orchards, intelligent lighting, machine monitoring…

The economic impact of such projects would be brutal, then it replaces many current jobs and, above all, involve considerable cost savings in the long term. It would be almost the second Industrial Revolution.

As we can see, the Internet of Things is clearly the next big step in the technology industry. It opens a world of incalculable possibilities, even greater than possibilities which opened at the time the digital age. Iot happens to be based on the context, achieving greater independence of human and, therefore, providing greater efficiency and comfort. The first steps are being taken (standards , early prototypes and projects, etc.) , but , according to several analysts , it will not be until 2020 when the Internet of Things start to be much more settled and common among mortals.

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