The Way Mobile Devices Will be used in The Coming ‘Internet of Things’
If you have been following along on the current trendy topic the ‘Internet of Things’ you have probably wondered about the relationships that smartphones and other mobile technology will have in the coming decades as all of the “things” that will make up this interconnected web of electronic communication get put on the market and begin to be used by the mainstream.
Well, smartphones and other mobile devices are actually one big half of the equation because in order to make all of devices around us “smart” devices you just need to put sensors in them to collect information and pair them with a smartphone app that can interpret the data.
Some Examples of How Mobile Devices Will be Used
One of the “things” being manufactured right now are tires that have embedded technology so that an app can tell you when the tire pressure is too low or too high, or when the tires are worn and need to be replaced. But embedding the sensors in the tires isn’t really a technical challenge.
The technology to do this has been on the market for decades but the real challenge will be creating the programs that will interpret that data and improving on the future technology so that it performs better.
Light bulbs are another new product that is on the market with new smart technology embedded in them. New light bulb technology will allow us to control the lighting in our home from our smartphone and be able to choose intensity, on and off and have a number of other features that will work with the application that controls them.
There is the potential for many more “things” to be controlled by your mobile device. Home security has already been available as a smartphone app for a while, but what is coming is even better security that will let you know instantly if something is wrong and where.
Smartphones could also be used to control your car in the near future. Imagine getting into the back seat of your car and using your smartphone to start your car and tell it where to go using GPS and sensors that are already in place on public roads combined with your own car’s sensors.
Smartphones will control not only the car, but also all of the convenience and entertainment devices in your car. You can even use your mobile device to order and pay at Starbucks so you can just pick up your coffee and run.
How the ‘Internet of Things’ Will Create a Technological Revolution
You know when apps became population how everyone wanted to make an app for just about anything? You could get an app to tell you the weather, an app to work on office documents, an app to track your spending and an app to display motivational sayings across your screen every morning to get you ready for the day.
Everyone from McDonald’s to your local grocery store was releasing an app to get themselves onto your mobile device. Well, that’s how the Internet of Things will go in the next ten to twenty years.
Right now, there are about 12 billion internet-connected devices on the planet. Original predictions a few years ago put that number much lower and the subsequent projections for 2020 and 2050 were similarly underestimated. Now, the estimate is that by 2025, there will be nearly 50 billion devices or “things” communications via the Internet of Things.
So, what are all these devices and how will they trigger the next technological revolution?
The Devices Making Up the Internet of Things
So, what are these devices that are currently using that internet connection to talk to each other and to us? Plus, what devices are coming in the future?
Right now, there are a number of new “things” that have technology inside them that show the way the future is shaping up. From smart light bulbs to cars that drive themselves because of sensors and technology in both the car and the roads. From electronics and appliances to all sorts of smart devices that are rolling off of the assembly line.
There are quite a few IOT ready devices already on the market, but what is available now is nothing compared to what is coming.
If experts are predicting 50 billion devices (5-6 for each person on planet Earth) by 2025 then the future is jam-packed with items that will use smart technology.
This technology will revolutionize healthcare, change how we get from point A to point B and very likely change the way we work much in the way that computers changed the way that people worked over the past few decades.
This network of sensors will work directly with cloud technology, which will collect and analyze the data that it received and then it will be turned into information and allow smartphones and mobile devices to use that information.