You know that feeling, monday morning, with just one single cup of coffee (at the most) in your system? You’re leaving for work or school, maybe a little stressed heading for the car, or the bus or the subway. Halfway there you realize you’re unsure about the coffee maker, the stereo, the lights, the door. Did I turn everything off? Did I lock the door?
We’ve all been there at one point or another. That mild morning case of “OCD” (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could check that all is well on the home front and adjust whatever might need adjusting? Or, if your home was so smart you felt perfectly at ease and didn’t have to check?
With more and more devices, appliances and home functions connected, the Internet of Things (IOT) is becoming a reality. The Internet of Things is a concept that revolves around connected devices communicating with each other and with us. We can automate things and control others remotely, all the while making our lives easier. According to renowned market research company Gartner, there will be 4.9 Billion things connected to the internet this year. Almost 3 Billion of those are expected to be consumer products, and the numbers are increasing rapidly. The market for wearable devices is also increasing at a staggering rate with fitbits and Apple Watches becoming more and more common. Our smartphones fuel this development, and it’s mainly through them we receive the data or control wearables and smart homes. There are between 2 and 3 Billion smartphone subscriptions in the world, and the number is growing.
This opens up a whole new market of products and services that has yet to be developed. Some interesting things are already out there, such as systems for controlling lights, power consumption and more according to household habits. The really good news is that, since this is in some sense uncharted territory with the potential to change our lives entirely, there are many products and services waiting to be invented. We’ve only just scratched the surface with the products already out there.
It really is a bummer that someone already thought of the sneaker that can change its look on command. But, how about a suit that changes look depending on time of day? No more worrying about not being dressed the right way. With smart materials, sensors and apps this could very well be within our reach. On the even more useful side, how about clothes or watches that monitor our health and communicate it to our doctor of choice (or, perhaps, our personal trainer), smart homes that adjust heating when we’re away to decrease power consumption, change lighting when we move from room to room and more?
A lot of “crazy” ideas have been proposed about what we can do with more things connected and machine to machine communication. The Internet of Things is changing the game altogether. You can solve daily life problems the rest of us weren’t even aware existed.
We should all start brainstorming ideas on what we could create, and then move on to changing the world.