We all know what things are. They’re cars, and chairs, and restaurants, and buildings, and phones, and dogs, and cities.
So what’s the Internet of Things?
Simple: it’s all those things…connected to each other.
So you can ask any question about any thing. Anywhere. At any time. You can get data from any thing, in a common format, and do stuff with that data.
You (or your digital assistant) can ask any thing to do something for you, like to open (if it’s a door), or to take a picture (if it’s camera), or to wake you up (if it’s a clock).
And the things can talk to each other as well.
But we’re at the center—humans, as things ourselves—surrounded by a world of other things.
We should stop being surprised when yet another thing gets connected.
Wow! Home Alarm systems! Wow! Security Cameras! Whoa, now they’re doing baby clothes!?!
Let me simplify: if it’s a thing, it’s going to be part of the “Internet of Things”. Everything that’s worth being a thing has the potential to be far more useful when you can interact with it in powerful, standardized ways.
The Internet of Things is just the stuff we’ve always known. But now we will have a universal way to use them.
- Image from agroknow.com.