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 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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