The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical objects, such as smart appliances, car navigators, drones, etc. that can communicate, interact and exchange data over the internet. One of the earliest examples of the IoT was a connected Coca Cola machine on the Carnegie Mellon University campus in the early 1980s. Local programmers were able to connect to the machine by the internet to see if a cold drink was available before making the trip
The same characteristics that make blockchain essential for cryptocurrencies are what make it so valuable for the IoT. Blockchain gives users confidence that sensitive and valuable data can fly around global networks and remain completely safe and unalterable. Blockchain enables trust. And it can be more efficient with interconnection.
Data exchanges are where IoT-generated data sets are combined and then refined through data analytics, and all this information takes on real value. These exchanges are places where organizations partner to identify patterns and draw conclusions about the information or see ways they can monetize the data.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term that’s been floating around since 1999, but for much of that time, it seemed like little more than a buzzword. Over the years, a slew of IoT products have been introduced – and a vast majority of those products failed to achieve any sort of mass adoption. People began to dismiss IoT as primarily hype.
While security is a hot topic for the architects of IoT devices and applications, good IoT infrastructure planning shouldn’t stop there, and should also include best practices for IoT interconnection at the digital edge.
The annual Consumer Electronics Show that wrapped up in Las Vegas last week is widely known by its initials, CES, but Time.com suggests the 2017 version could easily have been known as “The IoT Show.” Why? “Just about any product shown will have some form of connectivity.”
“Sleep should be regarded as important as exercise and diet,” said Amy Bender, a University of Calgary researcher who helped the Canadian women’s eight crew team improve sleep and maximize performance in the run-up to this month’s summer games in Rio de Janeiro.
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Big data’s potential has been a big story for some time now, as the things in the Internet of Things multiply by the billions, and all those connected sensors stream out huge amounts of data. This is information we never thought we could capture, unleashing insights we didn’t know we could uncover.
In our “Things in the Internet of Things” series, we try to make the IoT less about what’s possible tomorrow and more about what’s happening today. And since everyone enjoys being healthy, we thought we’d look at some things in the IoT that aim to keep us that way.
Virtual reality products are dominating the exhibition at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The term “virtual reality” has been kicked around the industry for years, but until now we’ve never had the processing power, camera technology or connectivity to enable true virtual reality (VR) solutions. And for that reason, there is palpable excitement buzzing through the crowds gathered around the new VR products at the show.