The internet is evolving. It used to be made of computers, but today, the internet includes all sorts of “things” that can work together. This video explains the Internet of Things and what it can mean for both individuals and communities. It teaches:
- Why the internet in changing to include more “smart” devices
- What has enabled these “things” to become connected
- How increased connections could impact households
- How the internet of things could lead to greater efficiency and safety
The internet we use today is already made of things. These things are computers, routers and even smart phones.
When we need to send a message or look up a date, the things on the Internet are smart – they talk to each other, solve problems and get us what we need.
But unfortunately, most of the electronic things we use everyday are left out. Appliances in our home, like clock radios, can’t communicate with other things, like our thermostats. Our light switches don’t know when the sun sets.
But this is starting to change. Our things are getting on the Internet and that’s making them smarter. They’re able to send and receive commands. They have sensors that allow them to collect and analyze data.
We’ve been using an Internet of Computers, and now it’s becoming an Internet of Things.
For example, most light switches are considered “dumb” - they don’t collect, send or receive information. But if the switch could communicate with other devices and the Internet, amazing things could be possible.
When you wake up in the morning and turn on the closet light, the switch could send messages to other things. Your coffee pot springs to life, your home thermostat raises its temperature and your radio switches to the traffic report.
At dusk, the light switch can check the Internet for the sunset times and turn on automatically. And that’s just the beginning. Your appliances could connect to the electric grid and only wash dishes when electricity is cheap.
The Internet of things also applies to cities and towns. Roads could have sensors that detect ice and automatically send data to drivers and road crews.
When water is scarce, gardens across a city could have sensors that measure moisture and even check weather reports so water use is smarter. The possibilities are endless and we’re only getting started.
Consider what would be possible if the things around you could connect, share information and work together? That’s the promise of the Internet of Things.
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