- People concerned with their health and well being
- Those wishing to live a more connected life
- Professionals that depend on the Internet to carry our their business
- Marketers and advertisers wishing to establish new ways of reaching people
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a scenario in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human interaction. IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) such as sensors, valves, gears, mirrors, and actuators embedded in semiconductor chips with an ability to communicate via the Internet (Source WhatIs – Internet of Things).
The Internet of Things (IoT) is increasing the connectedness of people and things on a scale that once was unimaginable. Connected devices outnumber the world’s population by 1.5 to 1.
The pace of IoT market adoption is accelerating because of:
- Growth in analytics and cloud computing
- Increasing interconnectivity of machines and personal smart devices
- The proliferation of applications connecting supply chains, partners, and customers
(Source Cisco – Internet of Things)
By 2015, according to projections, not only will 75 percent of the world’s population have access to the internet, so will some six billion devices. The fact that there will be a global system of interconnected computer networks, sensors, actuators, and devices all using the internet protocol holds so much potential to change the lives and social structures that it is often referred to as the internet’s next generation.
Internet of Things Today
The internet of things has already invaded the lives of a great many people, whether they consciously knew this to be the case or not. The most obvious aspect of this invasion is the mobile smartphone, the less obvious at least to some is the fact that a great many cars rolling off production lines come Internet connected.
Wearable devices presently largely taking the form of smart-watches or fitness bands are becoming popular with most major technology vendors now with a product available to purchase off the shelf.
And further acceptance of the Internet of Things invasion is evidence in the fact that connected devices have joined the ranks of mainstream products and are now easily purchasable.
Internet of Things and Wearables
Perhaps the most exciting and immediately beneficial element of Internet of Things developments is those concerning health and well being Wearable devices and solutions blurring the lines between eCulture themes, in particular Digital Health and Assisted Living and creating a challenge for us here in respect of categorisation of news and discussion themes!
It is perhaps in the wearable market that the Internet of Things is most noticeable, with internet enabled devices largely in the form of fitness bands and smart watches presently appearing on shop shelves.