Imagine you get ready to leave for work and walk out of the door. Your driver-less car is standing there, waiting for you. As you walk closer it opens its door automatically and and is already cooled/warmed to the temperature you like. It greets you and asks where you want to go. You just have to speak “Office” and the car automatically chooses the best route available to you and takes you there. You don’t have to drive, worry about traffic, fuel or anything.
Imagine it’s a day off and you want to prepare a dish for yourself. You just open an app on you smartphone and type in the dish name. Your phone searches the recipe for it. Then it searches your refrigerator for the items. If you don’t have any of those items, the app prepares a list and orders them online. It does all these things by itself, with minimal or no human interaction.
Well this is something that is just the beginning of what can be done with Internet of Things (IoT). IoT, as its name suggests is network of things, living or non-living, which are connect to each other and can exchange information about themselves as well as their surroundings. This leads to a whole new dimension of innovative services like smart homes, smart thermostats, smart cars, and much more where the only limit is our imagination.
Companies working on Internet of Things
IoT is the like a hot cake in the tech world nowadays with major companies launching products and services for development of IoT. For developers, modders, tinkerers and hackers there are many options like the Raspberry PI developer board which is capable of running Linux! Microsoft has even released Windows 10 IoT Core which can run on a Raspberry PI. Intel has released its Edison Board and Intel IoT Developer kits. How can Android be left behind? Android has also contributed immensely in this field with Android Wear OS for smart wearable devices, Android Auto for smart vehicles, Android TV for smart TVs. Google has announced “Brillo” which is a modified version of Android but down-toned to work with limited resources. It has also announced “Weave” which is a cross-platform language that will allow you to connect Brillo devices with the internet and smart phones.
We may have already come across or used some device where IoT was used, Philips Hue being a very good example. Another examples include ACs and Geysers which you can activate while on the way home so that the room is already cool and the water is hot by the time you reach home. Another very good example is the integration of health monitors into wearable and connecting them with your phone to monitor your fitness and upload it to some place where a doctor can view it and take your care if something goes out of place.
It is predicted that by 2025, IoT will become an integral part of our lives. It will be very hard to find some device which will not use IoT. There will be no need to close windows and doors before leaving the house. Your house will automatically sense that you are leaving and close all windows and lock all doors after you leave. Your car can go and automatically park itself or get itself refueled. There are many such possibilities like smart building materials which can inform us if the building is getting weak, or smart kitchens which will take care of our health. The list is infinite… as I said, the only limit will be our imagination!