The term Internet of Things (iot) was coined in 1999 at the MIT Media Lab and it simply means physical objects that are connected to the internet. The more in depth definition of IOT is that it is the network of physical objects that is embedded with electronics or software that enables the object to collect and exchange data. Its aim – to improve efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit. Teodor Mitew in his video series explains the concept of IOT further if you are interested in an in depth look at the concept.
My understanding of the Internet of Things is that due to the ever increasing work done by Apple, Google and even Samsung everyday items are becoming more and more advanced. Take for example your fridge can now come with built in phones so that you can dial your family whilst cooking. Essentially all the appliances in your house can be connected to each other and the internet and you would not have to ‘command’ any of them. Seems like a good idea right?
The downside of having your whole house connected to the internet is the same as having your laptop connected to the internet. Viruses and hackers would now be able to control your whole house and not just your computer.
Is having your whole house connected worth the risk of having it infected?
Bleecker, J 2006, Why Things Matter: A manifesto for networked objects – cohabiting with pigeons, arphids and aibos in the internet of things, accessed 23rd October 2015,nearfuturelaboratory.com/files/WhyThingsMatter.pdf –
Mitew, T 2014, Do objects dream of an internet of things?, The Fibreculture Journal, issue 23 2014, accessed 23rd October 2015, twentythree.fibreculturejournal.org/fcj-168…things/