So, what is this whole ‘Internet of Things’ thing?
Over the last year, the so-called “Internet of Things”, or IoT, has gone from semi-obscure forum fodder for the technorati to center-stage (literally) as the subject of keynotes and a major focus among the world’s biggest companies. It’s already moving fast and the momentum is only growing. But if you’re like the nearly two thirds of Americans we recently surveyed, you may still be thinking, "what exactly is it?"
The Internet of Things can be understood as the development and extension of the Internet into everyday physical objects, creating a new class of network-connected “smart” things, allowing them to send and receive information both to people using them and between each other autonomously. Examples might include door locks that automatically respond to different individuals’ presence, livestock tagged with biochips to monitor their health and behavior, or a smart coffee maker that automatically brews based on what time your alarm is set for and how well you slept.
In the coming months Kelton will be exploring some of the most salient aspects of the IoT and presenting a range of original content. We’ll begin by setting the scene with a IoT Timeline - how it got to where it is now, important milestones, and what’s forecast for the future.