A Look at the Internet of Things
In today’s world, we can be connected to the internet 24 hours a day. Laptops, tablets and phones can stay constantly connected, giving us access to the vast knowledge base that is the internet. But if an internet connection is available everywhere, could we use it for more than just browsing websites? Could we use it to make sure our parking meters were working, to monitor heart rates, or to control the lights in our home? What else could we do with an internet connection? That’s the question asked by people currently building what’s known as the “Internet of Things,” an interconnected network of everyday objects benefiting from the internet.
What Is the Internet of Things?
The Internet of things is a network of everyday physical objects, given internet capabilities that allow them to connect to each other, separate devices, and online databases. Depending on the circumstance, these objects can be fitted with information-gathering sensors, interfaces and more, giving the objects the power to independently send, receive and use data.
Putting the Internet of Things to Practical Use
Imagine a device with sensors that automatically track and report your home’s temperature, letting you adjust it before you arrive. Imagine a sensor-enabled outfit for infants that could monitor their breathing and sleeping patterns, so parents can make sure their child is safe. Imagine industrial tools that analyze every product a factory makes, automatically checking it for quality. Internet-enabled devices can and will be able to perform these kinds of functions and more, gathering and sharing useful data to enrich every aspect of our lives.
Though it sounds wonderful, the internet of things is not without problems. Three major issues present themselves:
- Security. Currently, it’s not hard to access the data gathered by devices connected to the internet of things. This becomes troublesome when you consider the sensitive personal data these devices may be collecting. It becomes downright dangerous when you consider that cameras are often used in connected devices.
- Lack of profit. To really be able to share data with every other connected device, developers will have to come up with a standard to abide by. Since that one standard will be the norm, there will be no money to be made off of developing a new, better brand of connection. Lack of profit scares many investors away.
- Implementation. Right now, many of the most transformational connected devices you can dream of are just that: A dream. The real-world implementation of this technology has been less than impressive, and while the future is bright for the internet of things, the current landscape is very experimental.
The internet of things is here to stay, and though it may be on rocky footing now, it’s sure to become a staple of the way we live our modern lives. We’ll be ready to provide the best in computer repair services in Raleigh when that day comes, but for now, we’re happy to help with any current day computer issues you’ve got.