The Internet of Things (IOT) & Smart Homes
Basically, any everyday physical object with an on and off switch connected to the Internet, can be connected in one way or another to each other. Cell phones, wearable devices, plugs and switches, thermostats, lamps, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones – almost anything else you can think of with an on/off switch can be connected to create a Smart Home using Internet of Things devices – the best of which we have featured right here on our site.
In business, this can also apply to components of machines – for example, a jet engine of an airplane, or a drill on an oil rig. Businesses are expected to the top adopter of IoT solutions as it will allow lower operating costs, increase productivity; and allow expansion to new markets or develop new product offerings.
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Wikipedia definition of the Internet of Things
What is the Internet of Things?
The Internet of Things or IOT , also sometimes referred to as the Internet of Everything (IoE) are web-enabled devices that use using embedded sensors, processors and communication hardware to collect, send and act on data and information.
What is a Smart Home?
OK, in simpler terms than Wikipedia’s definition, a “Smart home” incorporates Internet of Things products like light bulbs and plug sockets, that connect to each other wirelessly, and then controlled by a smart speaker and/or a hub and/or your smart phone.
Using a smart phone you can control connected IOT devices in your home remotely – you could, for instance, turn lights on and off while still at work. What’s even more powerful is you can link devices together – lights, thermostat and TV could all be activated in one command either on your way home or when you arrive.
Or say that you are on your way to a meeting; your car could be granted access to your calendar and already knows the best route to take and your expected arrival time. If you unexpectedly encounter heavy traffic, your car might send a text alert to the other party letting them know that you will be late and your revised ETA.
Using a smart speaker you may do similar things, but by interacting with the speakers built in voice controls. For example using Amazon Echo smart speakers you would use the wake word “Alexa” to start pre-determined commands such as “turn on the fan” or “dim the lights by 50%”.
The Internet of Things smart home of the future
The evolution of the smart home is gaining momentum as manufacturers create more usable IOT devices and start collaborating between each other – consumers are also starting to realize that the adoption of smart devices are no longer restricted the tech savvy nerdy crown, but is easier and more affordable.
IoT products will in the future allow for virtually endless opportunities and connections to take place, many of which we can’t even think of or fully understand the impact of today.