The Endless Opportunities Provided by the Internet of Things

The world has drastically changed in the last ten years. Although a decade ago the Internet was almost unheard of, today, every American can access it on their smartphone. More and more people have installed high-speed Internet in their homes whether they own a personal computer or not. Moreover, even gaming consoles like the PlayStation 3 can connect to the Internet.

Americans are always connected to the rest of the world. Although the older generation is still playing catch up, it has also made tremendous steps forward. This large-scale connectivity has opened doors to many incredible opportunities like the Internet of Things (IoT).

What is IoT?

The Internet of Things is a term that refers to the broad array of products that can connect people via the Internet. The IoT extends to more than smartphones. It also denotes smart gadgets, appliances and even entire homes that allow Internet connectivity. This vast collection of smart things with the ability to connect people around the world to the Internet has increased extensively in recent years.

Changes Brought about by the IoT

Today, virtually all tablets and smartphones can access electronic publications meaning that school-going kids need not visit the library to check out physical books.

However, the biggest change brought about by the IoT has to be widespread broadband Internet connectivity and Wi-Fi services. In the past, high-speed Internet was reserved for professionals and the wealthy who could afford it. However, with the increase in Internet service providers all over the country, the cost of high-speed Internet connectivity has decreased considerably.

How IoT Impacts Everyday Life

1. Morning Alarm Clock

Today, many people use their smartphones as their morning alarm clock as opposed to old-school gadgets. Chances are many Americans fall asleep while using their smartphones.

2. Breakfast and Coffee

Today’s modern kitchens are fitted with smart electronics that are pre-programmed to perform specific tasks. There are programmable ovens, coffee makers, dishwashers, and many other appliances at homes.

3. Morning Commute

Americans have warmly received smart cars. Today, vehicles can tell their owners when to change their oil and service their vehicles.

4. Health Monitoring

Today, automated phone call alerts about prescription medication refills and scheduling physical exams are commonplace.

5. Smart Baby Monitors

At night, people no longer have to make numerous trips to their baby’s crib to check on them. Instead, they simply use smart baby monitors.

Jason Hope

Jason Hope is an entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist who believes in the power of harnessing and using technology for future generations. He holds an Arizona State University degree in Finance and an MBA from the W.P Cary School of Business (ASU). Hope has also contributed to many charities in the US.

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New App by ClassDojo to Revolutionize Parent Teacher Meetings

In its series B funding venture, ClassDojo managed to get $21 million. The funding is for the development of interactive technology that increases interaction between parents and teachers. It allows them to communicate about the student’s behavioral and social development while at school. The communication platform created by ClassDojo ensures that any student’s behavior does not catch the parent by surprise.
Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary, the co-founders of the tech firm, announced that the funding venture ended towards the close of 2015. They are using the funds to expand the team, which will create the content and features for use on the app. They intend to make the app usable during and after school hours.
The teachers will use the app to create a list if scheduled activities for the school year. In addition, they can use it to send videos and photos to parents of student’s achievements. The founders of the company claim that they were inspired by educational innovations of the time. Most of them focused on getting informative content to the people. However, there was no tech, which was creating a community for students, parents, and teachers to interact.
The founders have said they do not wish to generate revenue from user data. Instead, they will provide premium features that parents and educators pay for, with time. General Catalyst conducted the new round of funding. It has managed to attract new investors such as Reach Capital, SignalFire, and GSV. The app is comparable to other social media platforms such as Facebook. However, this app has a special focus on being educational. As of now, ClassDojo has not begun to monetize the app. That is despite raising about $31 million in funding so far. In future, they envisage using the app for things such as making payments for student’s activities, which are paid in cash or checks right now.

About ClassDojo

Class Dojo is one of the most widely used parent student apps in the United States. 2 out of 3 schools in the country are connected using this app. The founders of the app make it free on both the Apple and Android platform. In addition, it is also available on other platforms such as desktop and Kindle Fire.
In addition to the U.S., the app is available all around the world in different languages. The app is credited with creating a positive culture within schools and classrooms. It allows parents to participate in the children’s lives more actively. Despite this phenomenon growth, creators of the app have not made efforts to monetize it.