We live in an era where technology never fails to deliver the unexpected! Transforming every facet of our life, Internet of Things (IoT) is the most trending technology being incorporated in every industry, all across the world. Well, I could sit and pen down a list of all the industries with relevant examples, but what’s the fun in that? Let’s look at how technology, in the form of IoT, is useful to us in our day to day lives! But first let’s understand what IoT really means.
“IoT is a network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and various other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors and actuators.”
The connectivity between these devices help in exchanging data throughout the day!
When you wake up in the morning, the first place you want to go to is the kitchen to probably make coffee or eat a bowl of coco-puffs. You open the fridge and try to look for milk amongst all the mess, but what do you realize? You don’t have milk! You must be wondering how technology can play a role here, right? Smart refrigerators will sense when you are running low on eggs, milk or other food items and will automatically populate your grocery list. These devices use proficient software for predictive analysis that sends you suggestions based on your historical purchasing behavior. These reminders don’t just get rid of the morning disappointment, but also ensure that you never have to make a second trip to the grocery store for a long time.
Like the curious minds that we are, let’s take another scenario into perspective. Suppose, you’re going for work and are already late. Stuck in a jam, you suddenly realize that you missed an oil change. Now, what do you do and how does IoT play a role? As more and more machines speak to each other and the more that these systems integrate, your ‘smart car’ will let your mechanic know when it is time for the annual maintenance or when your tire pressure is low. After cross-checking with your calendar, appointment suggestions will be delivered to you, which you have to confirm with just ONE CLICK!
Let’s consider one last scenario before we conclude that IoT is a boon for millennials. Recently, you checked your mail and the electricity bill was exorbitant, which led you to wonder if there’s something you’re doing incorrectly. Smart houses have built-in systems in their network that enable effective tracking and monitoring of your electricity. Thermostats and lighting will use machine learning to form an understanding of your habits, turning to your ideal temperature before you arrive home. The best part, these gadgets use their sensors to ascertain whether anyone is in the house or not, and automatically turn off to reduce your electricity bill.
IoT is changing how we conduct our lives every single day. Embracing the digital shift, we must incorporate these technologies, in order to live an easier, simpler, faster and more convenient life.
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