Everyone knows what the Internet is, but what is the Internet of Things?
The buzzword Internet of Things, or IoT, has been around the block a few times. You may have heard the term thrown around online, maybe you heard it in passing at the office water cooler, or are already familiar with the term.
Possibly you are already enmeshed in IoT and aren’t even aware of it. This can be the case if you wear a FitBit, use an Amazon Echo, or have any kind of nifty internet-connected gadget.
The IoT is an entirely new concept to mankind so we are giving you an all-you-need-to-know, beginner’s introduction to IoT. Don’t be afraid to pull out a few tidbits from here for your next cocktail party!
What Is IoT, It’s Value Online, and How Does it Work?
Internet of Things is a term that refers to the growing network of connected devices everywhere that use embedded sensors to collect and exchange data. Everything IoT connects via internet, so the online content and data people create will only increase. Your car? Connected to the internet. Your home? Connected to the internet. Everything from coffee makers to lights and refrigerators have already been incorporated into the IoT.
Beyond your personal universe, IoT is big business and big money. According to Forbes, “The combined markets of the Internet of Things (IoT) will grow to about $520B in 2021, more than double the $235B spent in 2017.” Growth follows where the dollars are. So expect to see your life become even more interconnected with IoT in the coming years.
Pros and Cons of IoT
With everything, new or old, there comes benefits and drawbacks. One obvious benefit of IoT is its potential to fully bridge the gap between the digital and physical world. Considering there is a race between Elon Musk and Richard Branson to establish worldwide internet connection combined with the rising popularity of Augmented Reality, IoT just seems to be that final missing link.
Where IoT, the Internet, And You Meet
What does your IoT world look like? On the plus side, you will have an unprecedented amount of control over your physical environment. Your morning begins when your alarm clock wakes you up at your optimal wake time after measuring your sleep patterns. Coffee is automatically made by the time you get to the kitchen and you flick your lights on right from your mobile phone. On the downside, there will be more loose ends in IoT for hackers to infiltrate your personal content. The race to digitally connect everything while ignoring online privacy and security has been one of the main criticisms of IoT.
Word Up: Content Lifestyle
Swomi embraces IoT because we are providing technology that empowers the everyday person. When a person is living the Content Lifestyle, you are fully in charge of your online content. You control who sees your Content, when, and how. Plus you receive the full benefits of your online content. A complete reversal of how it works today where online corporations unjustly datamine user content for their own gain. Learn more about living the Content Lifestyle at Swomi.com!