The Internet of Things have developed through multiple inventions that are constantly pushing the boundaries and blurring the lines between reality and a virtual reality. Some of the inventions include: wireless webcam, Amazon and Ebay and sensors.
The term the Internet of Things was coined by Kevin Ashton in 1999. In 1999, David Brock and Kevin Ashton turned RFID into a networking technology by linking objects to the internet through the use of RFID tags. (Press, 2014)
Although the Internet of Things has progressed over decades, there has been a explosion in technology in recent years. Today's technology that makes the Internet of Things possible includes: smart phones, Amazon's Echo, Apple Home, Google Nest, Smarter's Wifi Coffee Machine, self driving cars, Flower Power H20 - self tending gardens, Fitbit and the Apple watch, drones and the list continues with many more advanced technologies. You can read more about these technologies here.
One of the todays most popular Internet of Things technology is home control systems, such as Apple's Home, Amazon's Alexa and Google's Nest. These devices allow one to control many aspects of their home, from lighting to security, from their mobile devices or with a simple voice command. The physical elements of the home are connected to the technologies through sensors. One is then able to lock their doors even though they are miles away or tell a device to turn the lights on.
The technologies in use today address the key issues of efficiency. These technologies simplify ones life. The technologies enhance the effecinency and security of ones home, monitor the health status of someone 24/7, respond to voice commands, etc. One of the biggest issues in the Internet of Things today is the creation of self-driving cars. These cars have already been invented but have yet to be perfected.
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