Internet of things

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Internet of things is an idea from computer science: connecting ordinary things like lights and doors to a computer network to make them "intelligent". An embedded system or a computer connects each thing together in a network and to the internet. Some technologies used for the internet of things are RFID and meshnets. The connections allow each thing to collect and exchange data, and we can control them remotely or by setting rules or chains of actions. IoT improves the ease of life of humans and their daily activities. Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of almost 50 billion objects by 2020.

Examples where the internet of things has become reality:

  • Many postal companies offer tracking codes that offer customers the ability to check the status of their package in real-time.
  • Modern printers offer the option to order new ink cartridges when it runs out. The printer can easily query how much ink or toner is left in a cartridge and order a new one once it starts to run out or becomes empty.
  • Smart doorbells that offer a real-time video feed of your front door to prevent trespassing and provides an extra layer of security for residents when or when they are not at home.
  • Smart thermometers like Nest, that uses AI to learn your personal habits at home to monitor and control the temperature to make your living as comfortable as possible while also keeping the electricity cost low.
  • One of the most popular "Internet of things" devices known as Amazon Echo is a small device where you are able to interact to help improve your living conditions. It is able to help turn on your coffee machine, play songs, turn on lights, and much more.