How The Internet Of Things Will Change Our Everyday Lives
Take a look around your home and you’ll notice some of the most common objects have changed. How? They are getting connected and smarter. In fact, they are working overtime to learn about you in order to transform your every day life.
In the world of the Internet of Things (IoT), rise and shine means you can raise your blinds, monitor plant moister in your garden and turn on your sprinkler using your smartphone, all before you get out of bed. The thermostat has also learned about your heating and cooling preferences and adjusts precisely as your feet hit the floor.
It may sound like something from a science fiction movie but there is nothing fictitious about it.
This is the power of IoT.
In my world, we talk about the combination of IoT and cognitive technologies, which create systems capable of understanding, reasoning and learning.
These discussions are focused on industries such as manufacturing, where companies like Schaeffler, a manufacturer of ball bearings and precision engineering parts, are looking to use these technologies to connect and transform every aspect of its business from its supply chain, through to manufacturing, sales and “after sales” service.
But whether we are talking about manufacturing, automotive or consumer electronics, the story is incomplete if we don’t discuss how this IoT and cognitive pairing is quickly permeating our day-to-day world as consumers.
Which brings me back to the home.
Now as the morning routine continues, you find yourself at the kitchen counter where reading the morning paper is a daily ritual. This isn’t a new routine, but IoT and cognitive computing have transformed it.
First off, how the news is presented has changed because your home knows what we are interested in most and delivers it to any screen in your home.
At the same time, the window blinds automatically go down because your house knows that the sun glare at this hour and time of year makes reading the paper or looking at a screen challenging.
According to research from Coldwell Bank, 87 percent of Americans acknowledge the value of smart home technology, many of which I enjoy right now. When I leave the home, I use my smartphone to lock the front door, turn on the security system, open the garage and start my car.
Now imagine you bought a smart automobile.
Like your home, the car understands you on new levels. For example, the GPS doesn’t just guide you to the office in the fastest time possible based on traffic patterns and road closings, it ties in key weather data to avoid approaching rainstorms and areas where incidents of hydroplaning are likely to occur.
Just think about this, antilock brakes help us stop in slippery conditions, but with cognitive technologies we avoid slippery conditions altogether.
Along this safe journey, you can converse with your car, asking questions such as whether its due for an oil change or a tire rotation. And there’s more. Thanks to autonomous driving, you also can ask your car why it decided on one route over another. In fact, you can even ask “are we there yet?” as many times as you want.
I urge everyone to start looking at how the world around you is changing. Personally I could delve into a myriad of other examples, but to do so in a single article is literally an impossibility since the opportunities are endless. But don’t let that stop you from sharing your connected experiences.