It seems that the IoT is here to stay, at least that’s the first impression that Paris’ Connected Conference created. The event featured a home filled with interconnected gizmos. Some seemed incredibly useful for the modern, tech enthusiasts, while others were more suited for Global Sensing than everyday use.
The Internet of Things is an innovative concept with a poorly chosen name. Even though the hype about IoT started months ago and it seemed that everybody was informed about the subject, there are still plenty of people who confuse the actual Internet with the IoT, not being able to make the difference between the two.
We all know what the Internet is, we surf it on our mobile and desktop devices, we use it to stream movies and TV-shows, connect to social media websites, and plenty of other activities. However, the Internet of Things is another concept.
Imagine a house filled with standard appliances and accessories that are all connected to a master hosting app. You can set your alarm clock, start your coffee filter, make toast, turn on the AC, turn on the shower, the TV, open the garage door, and even start your toothbrush from the press of a few buttons.
That’s exactly what the Connected Conference presented. Attendees were able to browse the high-tech home that was equipped with smart everything from the now-known Echo, Nest, Dropcam, and smart lock to the new concepts of “smart” speakers, shutters, boiler, heater, mirror, umbrella, shower, toothbrush, bed, and, the surprise of the convention, an alarm clock driven by scent.
While some seem to be things that could make an individual’s life considerably easier, others are built with Wi-Fi technology just so that they could be monitored.
It may sound very Orwellian, but the concept will help people when they are in trouble, and nobody else is there to help. The makers argue that individuals who are prone to suicide, or those who suffer from acute disorders could be reached in time in case of an emergency, as opposed to the regular system.
Echo is, for the moment, the only app that allows people to toggle the entire array of recently-developed smart devices. And since the IoT is here to stay, the company can enjoy the monopoly, at least for now.
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