What is the internet of things?

Confused about the internet of things? Never even heard of it? This is what you need to know…
by
What is the internet of things?

Getting in sync with life

The term ‘internet of things’ (or IoT for short) is being bandied about more and more these days, and if you’re a bit lost on it’s meaning – we guarantee you’re not alone. Thankfully it’s not as complicated as it sounds…

The internet of things is an umbrella term that covers a range of ‘smart’, connected objects that you’ll soon (or may already) have around your home. These things are deemed smart because they can ‘talk’ to each other using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, or can be controlled from your smartphone.

These gadgets can range from large white goods, like fridges and washing machines, to smaller appliances like coffee machines and toasters, to home security, like the locks on your doors or CCTV.

Being able to control and monitor this stuff from your smartphone when you’re not at home wouldn’t be possible without them being connected to a shared network, becoming part of, and contributing to, the internet of things.

For example...

Let’s imagine a scenario in which a machine makes your coffee in the morning to be ready a few minutes before your alarm goes off. It’s also been pretty cold overnight so your Nest Learning Thermostat has turned itself on to make sure you wake up to a toasty home.

On the way home from work, you receive a reminder from your fridge to pick up milk because the bottle you have is approaching its expiration date, and as you pull onto the drive, your front door unlocks because it knows you’re close.

This is the sort of promise the IoT holds. And, you may be surprised to know that this isn’t the description of the future - this is all happening right now. Fortunately, connected devices like this are quickly coming down in price, and are expected to become more mainstream in the near future.

Samsung, for example, is investing over $100m (£65m) in the industry. Telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has also expressed an interest in the growth of the IoT, saying it wants “to ensure the UK plays a leading role”, noting that over 40 million devices are connected via the IoT in the UK already, and that it expects that figure to grow eight-fold by 2022.

The smart home is within our grasp, but it may be a few years before your fridge does the grocery shopping for you. We’d love to hear from you if you’ve got any experience with connected devices – just drop us a comment below.

What are your thoughts? Join the conversation here…

comments powered by Disqus
Why should you move away from the traditional method of switching on your central heating? We take a
Are you looking to start building your smart home? Security is one of the most popular places to sta
The time has come for your home and your life to get even smarter - but what will it really be like

14 June, 2019
Google’s Pixel 4, Three join the 5G team, two new HTC phones, and one new craze:...
6 June, 2019
Get the Lowdown on all the big news this week, with the latest exciting announcements...
7 June, 2019
What a performance! The Xperia 1 has a superb triple lens camera, the world’s first...
6 June, 2019
Get the Lowdown on all the big news this week, with the latest exciting announcements...
14 June, 2019
Google’s Pixel 4, Three join the 5G team, two new HTC phones, and one new craze:...

12 June, 2019
Lost one of your Apple AirPods? Read our article on how to find it without havnig...
21 May, 2019
You’ve finally ditched the wire and now you’re wondering how to connect your new...
3 May, 2019
These settings will get you back on the internet using your O2 mobile data if yours...
2 May, 2019
Want to make calls using your Google Home? We'll tell you everything you need to...
30 April, 2019
There are a few reasons why you might need your SIM number - here are the easiest...
28 April, 2019
If you're moving from an iPhone to a new Samsung Galaxy, this guide will show you...
25 April, 2019
If you're having trouble connecting to 4G or 3G internet, or sending picture or multimedia...
17 April, 2019
There are loads of apps for video calling on Android phones, but which are the best?...
17 April, 2019
When your mobile internet isn't working, there's some steps you can follow to get...
10 April, 2019
This guide will tell you everything you need to know about what dual SIM phones are...
5 April, 2019
Follow this guide to get your phone ready for trade-in instead of letting it gather...
29 March, 2019
Want to start video calling friends and family on your iPhone? Well there’s no better,...