Last Spring while attending a technology conference, I noticed that one of the hot concepts being discussed was something called the Internet of Things (IoT). Wikipedia defines this as the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data. However, a much simpler way of expressing this is stuff that connects to the internet.
Sure, I hear you saying “I’ve had access to the internet for years. Why is this new?” and that’s an excellent question. Pew research estimates 85% of adult Americans have some form of internet access. They also quote the U.S. Census Bureau as estimating that 73% of U.S. households have a computer with a broadband connection to the internet (2013 survey) . But now its not just your computer with access to the internet, it can also be your TV, refrigerator, and any number of other devices. Just going through my router’s list of connected devices, I see no less than ten devices connecting to the internet. We already see the smart homes we were promised in the 60’s, with appliances that interact with you, lighting that changes to suit your mood, and smart assistants that respond to your every request.
Here is a site called iotlist.co that lists a lot of internet ready devices to meet your lifestyle.