At the turn of the century, it remained to be seen the heights at which the internet would reach. It had immense possibilities and had already come on leaps and bounds since the creation of the World Wide Web in the early 90s. In comparison to today, where the sound of the dial-up tone has long been confined to the history books.
It would be necessary to take a coffee break just to wait for an image to load. Yes an image, not an entire film! Then came along broadband internet connections, undoubtedly one of the most appreciated technical advances of recent times. Where would we be without it? Living in a world thriving with impatience and frustration no doubt.
It would therefore be appropriate to suggest that the internet now has a fundamental role to play in our day to day lives. Whilst out and about for example, it would be strange to not hear at least one person ask questions such as: does anyone know the Wi-Fi password?
In regard to The Internet of Things, just what exactly is it? To put it simply, it is a series of devices connected to one another via the internet. Sounds simple enough right? but what we’re talking about here is everyday devices such as our toasters, coffee makers. and washing machines.
Why connect these to the internet one might ask? Well a reasonable explanation is the aforementioned devices can be connected to one another to form part of what is called home automation. This already exists and ever more so, with the ability to remotely adjust the heating or lighting from a convenient app downloaded onto a smartphone -perfect for those cold winter nights returning home from work.
Given that the vast majority of people nowadays are rather attached to their smartphones, it doesn’t come as a surprise that more and more everyday devices are becoming increasingly part of the Internet of Things, which future generations will be able to fully benefit from in a matter of years as it is essentially in its early stages.
It is hard to ignore the immense possibilities that the internet offers. Just twenty years ago, many of the technological advances we have now experienced would perhaps have not been thought possible. The capacity to expand the Internet of Things is yet to show signs of a slowdown, as it makes an ever-increasing influence on our everyday lives.