The Connection between you, IoT, and the Digital Lifestyle.
Our Digital Lifestyles are made possible through the internet. The popularization of IoT, Internet of Things, definitely helps us live our best Digital Lifestyle! And today we’re going to take a look at how IoT greatly fosters living a digital lifestyle.
Home is where the building automation system is. Smart homes are most likely what first comes to mind when people hear IoT. 60,000 people search for the term “Smart Home” each month. That many people are looking to dive right into the Digital Lifestyle. Smart Home refers to the network of connected devices of a family home. Smart functions include controls for: lighting, entertainment, climate, appliances, and security.
And when all these connected devices are connected to the Internet… you guessed it, the entire home becomes part of the IoT. That’s when you can do things such as remotely adjust your home from your smartphone. With smart homes, forgetting to turn off the lights may be a thing of the past.
Your house could even be made from smart cement – sensor filled cement that can transmit and respond to mechanical, acoustic, and magnetic signals. A cool thought. But for now, smart cement is being experimented with for industrial applications like, oil drilling.
The Digital Lifestyle can also be worn by you. Wearable gadgets, like FitBit bands or Apple watches, translate your activity into data and content. The essence of the Internet of Things is its ability to use sensor information about things. How many BPM’s is your heart rate? How many steps did you take today? In contrast, the internet relies on digital technology to separate information from things.
Beyond fun consumer gadgets, wearables can also provide extremely helpful and beneficial medical applications. For example, HealthPatch MD can be used for “out-patient care by healthcare providers, letting them get ECG, heart rate, respiratory rate, skin temperature, body posture, fall detection, and activity readings remotely.”
Another IoT enabled device, the Lively system, can send out an alert if the wearer needs assistance. It can also provide medication reminders and send out alerts for things like missed meals or decrease physical activity. All this translates into more seniors able to live independent lives without assisted care.
You are not the Internet of Things because you are not a “thing.”
But people like you are certainly connected to the internet and create a huge amount of content.
It is more like the Internet of You – I.o.Y!
You are a content creator. And because the internet is created by content, it basically means you are actively creating the internet every time you go online.
Funny enough, because of automation technology and IoT, devices will also be creating content. But when it comes down to it, human-created content is much more valuable.
Does IoT create the Digital Lifestyle? Or did our leanings for the Digital Life lead to the creation of IoT? Most likely, they go hand in hand. The Digital Lifestyle is definitely made possible by smart homes, wearable devices, and the internet users who connect to these devices and create the internet.