What is ‘The Internet of Things’? It may be a phrase you have heard before, but are unsure of what it means or if it is important in your life at all, or you are completely unfamiliar with the phrase. So what does it actually mean?
In simple terms, ‘The Internet of Things’ are physical objects that can connect to the internet, but if you want to delve deeper, they are objects that become tangibly sociable. Think basically first, your smartphone, Fitbit or laptop, are all physical objects that can connect the ever-present internet. But it doesn’t just stop there. It is security systems, fridges, cars, thermostats and so much more.
Technology is embedded in so many of the objects that we own that we may not even be aware of. This doesn’t mean we should be worried (at least not yet). With technology implanted in various objects, it allows for many opportunities and platforms for growth and education. The data that we can gain from these new technology-based objects is indescribable and can only bring more awareness into issues and how to better provide for consumers needs and wants.
On the other hand, many people are worried about their security and privacy as many of these products are put to market with little consideration of these facts. This is definitely a valid concern but in a world of technology, there may be the need for compromise.