The Internet of Things 101
Posted by Tech in Motion
Are you ready for your front door to be able to talk to your alarm clock? Prepare yourself, because one of the tech world's biggest buzzwords is on that route.
It has been argued that the term internet of things should be changed to the internet of everything. With the capability to connect your phone, laptop or tablet to all the appliances in your home, your car and even your dog, it’s easy to argue that anything can be connected these days.
Internet of things or IoT for short, is described as the connection of non-traditional devices such as security systems, thermostats, cars, electronic appliances, lights in households and commercial environments, alarm clocks, dog collars, vending machines and much more. These devices utilize embedded technology to connect with an external environment through the internet. Most IoT devices have sensors that can act as your eyes and ears in your home or business. These sensors can register changes in environment, movement, temperature, amount of light, water pressure - even air quality.
IoT is making our lives easier, keeping us connected and increasing productivity. Naturally, this topic is driving several Tech in Motion events across the nation, and even inspiring Tech in Motion stories. On September 17th in Santa Clara, some true innovators in the IoT space will be demonstrating at Tech in Motion's IoT Demos & Drinks, including one company that took to addressing California’s water crisis.
“WaterBit has created a sensor that enables growers to optimize yields as a primary outcome, through soil monitoring and related irrigation control.” This sensor allows growers to prevent over-watering and reserve California’s precious water supply. WaterBit can also be used by homeowners by empowering them with the ability to understand, control and monitor water quality and usage for the entire home (or business).
When it comes to having fun with IoT Hurley research has got you covered with their product Droidle. They are tiny fun robots that can be connected to social media. Droidles can also be considered as a learning tool because they teach programming trough your smart phone. They are a great way to introduce children to robotics, engineering and developing software. Tend Insight has your home covered, even when your away! They have created “lifestyle smart home products and apps that deliver awareness and insights through immersive experiences powered by computer vision technology.” They offer live video streaming and cloud recording so you can monitor your home ecosystem from anywhere.
FlipFlic, a product designed by Comfee, uses solar power to adjust your blinds to close when the sun is shining through the windows and overheating your home. This helps save on heating and cooling bills, plus you can adjust the settings for you Flipflic by syncing it to your smartphone.
SIGFOX wants to help you keep all of your “things" connected and the price low. “SIGFOX is the first and only company providing global cellular connectivity for the Internet of Things, fully dedicated to low-throughput communications.”
We look forward to seeing these demo companies in action. Don’t want to miss out? RSVP for this event on the Tech in Motion Silicon Valley meetup page.