Today, internet have become embedded in our everyday life and almost nothing gets done without it nowadays. Although one may simply say that he or she can live without internet but do you think they can really live without the use of internet in today’s world? To be frank, I think it is almost impossible especially to those who live in urban area. In the opposite way, we need internet to survive in this technological era instead.
But looking at this week’s topic: the internet of things, do you know what exactly is it? According to Mitew (2014), the term Internet of Things was coined in 1999 at the MIT Media Lab and the definition of iot is simple. It basically means physical objects connecting to the internet which take account of everything from cell phones, headphones, washing machines and many other objects. The iot is known to be driven by a combination of connectivity, sensors and actuators. Studies have proven that the interactions between these entities are able to create new types of smart applications and services.
An example of iot related object is the Samsung Smart TV. Do you know what makes this TV to become smart? For normal TV, we are required to use remote control to turn the TV on and off, to change the TV channel and to adjust the sound volume. But with this Smart TV, we can take control of it with just a simple voice command because the new smart remote has a built-in microphone and it could also work like a mouse where user can simply point and click to make selections. Besides that, a smart TV also allow gesture control. We may control the TV with a simple swipe of our hand to navigate the new Smart TV, zoom in on images and even select which channels to watch or apps to launch. With this Smart TV, we can simply speak into the new smart remote’s built in microphone or by using our hand gesture to control the TV.
“In the next century, planet earth will don an electronic skin. It will use the Internet as a scaffold to support and transmit its sensations.” –Neil Gross 1999
The emergence of internet has given us many good opportunities to do many things that we couldn’t do without internet in the past. It is gradually changing the world and making the impossible possible. I personally believe the cool smart home video presented by Ericsson is going to be real someday in the future.
Mitew, T 2014, ‘DIGC202 – The internet of things’, lecture notes, accessed 26/10/2014, http://prezi.com/1lgxfron1kj0/digc202-the-internet-of-things/
Samsung 2014, ‘Samsung Smart TV – TV Has Never Been This Smart’, accessed 26/10/2014, http://www.samsung.com/us/experience/smart-tv/