What are the top 5 trending IoT technologies?
The Internet of Things (IoT) can be a confusing topic, especially if you’re starting with the subject and want to learn more about the IoT revolution happening all around us. With so many new devices hitting the market every day, it can be hard to keep track of what’s trending and how you can benefit from using it in your own business or personal life. Here are five of the most popular IoT technologies you should know about right now.
1) Connected home
A connected home uses Internet connectivity to let you interact with your home and its utilities. With a connection, your smart devices can learn about what’s happening in your house (when you’re at work or out of town, for example) and adjust accordingly. For example, an air conditioner can raise or lower its temperature based on whether anyone’s around to appreciate it. Or, a pool sensor can automatically notify you if levels of chemicals like chlorine fall below ideal levels. The possibilities are endless! However, five specific IoT technologies work together to create a connected home: Software as a service (SaaS), machine-to-machine communication protocols, wireless hardware standards and platforms, cloud computing services and wireless mesh networks.
Self-driving cars have made headlines and racked up numerous patents in recent years, but they’re still very much a work in progress. However, there is some exciting R&D taking place in self-driving vehicles. For example, Google’sGoogle’s self-driving car captured world headlines after it successfully navigated more than 500 miles of highway in California and Nevada last year—without any driver input whatsoever. Based on how long it took for conventional technology to catch on—think CDs, PCs and even cell phones—it’s hard to predict when we’ll see a self-driving vehicle take its first turn at your local speedway. Still, expect that date to arrive sooner rather than later—especially given all of the existing technology.
3) Industrial Equipment
Currently, most of us think of industrial equipment as things that we see in factories and on assembly lines. However, industrial equipment is defined as hardware used for manufacturing. This means that nearly every piece of electronics on earth can fall under an industrial equipment umbrella. In short, anything manufactured or used to produce a tangible item can be considered industrial equipment. Of course, there’s much more to it than that; it just goes to show how broad industrial is!
A wearable is a portable electronic device that a person wears on their body to perform a function. Wearables give users access to information, make it easier to interact with other people, and even be used for health-related purposes. Popular wearables include Fitbit watches, smartwatches such as Apple Watch, Google Glasses, and some heart rate monitors. Increasingly, many wearables don’t need manual interaction; they collect data automatically and then send it back to connected devices like phones or computers. It will be interesting to see how wearables evolve in the coming years. As of now, many are still in their first generation. It’sIt’s likely that there will soon be more than one way for people to use technology all day long.
5) Smart Buildings
Not so long ago, technology was dominated by single-purpose devices designed to accomplish just one thing. A personal computer could access email, play games and even browse recipes online. However, it wasn’t capable of doing any more than that. Today, technology is focused on connecting household devices and gadgets via a wireless network to save energy or make life easier for us humans. While many people have traditionally viewed smart buildings as something only large companies like Google and Apple would take an interest in, these days, almost every industry has a stake in what these buildings can do for them—and their bottom line.