For what seems like an eternity, The Cloud has been dominating every single technology based conversation. It’s always The Cloud this, or The Cloud that, etc. We’re starting to become more comfortable and well versed in The Cloud, and we can actually intelligently participate in a conversation about it. Just as we’re getting into a groove with The Cloud, something else is making its way to the forefront: The IoT, or The Internet of Things. What is that? It sounds almost like a kind of zombie apocalypse! I’m imagining an army of little robots connected to the Internet, and they’re taking over the world! If that picture resonates with you, you’re not too far from the truth.
What is the Internet of Things?
Simply put, The Internet of Things, also knows as The IoT, is just the way it sounds; a bunch of things connected to The Internet! When I say a bunch of things connected to The Internet, I mean everyday things. For example, your television, coffee maker, refrigerator, washing machine, and even your dishwasher! That’s right, your dishwasher can be connected to The Internet! Why on Earth would you even want your dishwasher connected to The Internet? It makes no sense?
Imagine this, you’re at work and you just received a phone call, from your In-Laws, that they’re coming over for dinner, but don’t worry, they’re bringing over some food and will “help” you with the cooking! “Oh, I hope you don’t mind, Uncle Charlie and Aunt Peggy are coming along as well. We all miss you so much and can’t wait to see you!” As you take in a few deep breaths to calm yourself down, you realize that you kind of left the dishes for “later”, and that by the time you get home from work, you’ll need the entire stack washed and dried for your “guests”.
You make a quick call to your house. Your 14 year old son just came home from high school. “Max, can you please do me a huge favor? I need all those dishes, that are on the counter, loaded into the dishwasher. Can you do that for me?”, you beg. Max responds, “Um, sure, but I have no idea how to set the dishwasher.” You’re starting to panic. This kid is practically a computer hacker, and he has no clue how to use a dishwasher?!? You then remember that you just got your home wired for the Internet of Things, and you have a SimiPlex SmartHome. You then hear Max’s confirmation that all the dishes have been loaded. You thank Max for being so helpful, whip out your cellphone, and open the SmartHome app. You click a few buttons and presto, your dishes are being washed, to perfection!
Next, you set the central air conditioner to the perfect temperature, and set the oven to start preheating at precisely 4:37 pm. You also set your lighting to the proper level, and some soothing classical music to begin playing at 5:35 pm. You do all this from your mobile app, while at work!
Needless to say, dinner was a smashing success!
Let’s examine some more benefits of the Internet of Things:
The Perfect Morning:
What time do you wake up in the morning? If you’re like me and wake up at 4:15 am, you’ll notice that it’s kind of dark outside at that hour. When you turn on the light, the room is instantly flooded with an offensively bright light that causes your eyes to recoil in pain.
Imagine the following scenario. At 4:13 am, your bedroom lighting illuminates, to a soft and gentle level. It increases in intensity, ever so softly, every 15 seconds.
Your alarm clock wakes you up at exactly 4:15 am, playing music that makes you want to jump out of bed and take over the world! By now, the lighting is at 15% illumination, which is perfect for when you just wake up. As you go about your business of getting ready for your day, the lights continue its steady incline, until they reached your desired level at the desired time. Upon entering the kitchen, you are greeted by the smell of freshly roasted coffee, which was timed for your entry, to perfection!
My question for your is, what does your perfect morning look like, and what needs to happen for it to materialize?
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