The Future of IoT
In a 2015 study, the Pew Research Center found that 64% of American adults owned a smart phone.
Americans are accustomed to their smart phones. What they aren’t accustomed to is the term “IoT.” As I discussed in our blog a couple of weeks ago, there is still an undercurrent that no one fully grasps the term “IoT.” Read this blog post to understand the term if you’re not familiar with it already.
Now that you’re back, I want to explain the term “smart home.” In order to have a smart home, various elements such as your doors, garages, lights, thermostats, TVs, and more can be connected via internet and monitored and controlled from a phone, tablet, laptop, etc at any time, from anywhere.
According to Statista, connected homes currently account for almost 6 percent of US Households and is expected to hit almost 20% by 2020.
IoT In The Future
So what does IoT’s future look like?
As homeowners become accustomed to smart phones, smart TV’s, remote garage door controllers, and advanced features on certain home appliances as they seek home security and automation, companies are predicting what the average home will look like in the coming years. We’ve seen smart objects on TV from Richard Castle of ABC’s Castle speaking to “Lucy,” his voice control system, to the motorized window shades that, when closed, change landscapes in the first installment of The Hunger Games. Many homes have already started incorporating smart objects such as our Neposmart cameras, or Amazon’s Echo which uses Amazon’s Alexa app to connect to the internet.
As knowledge of this term grows, Gartner predicted in 2014 that homes will have over 500 smart objects by 2022. An article by Digital Trends goes as far as to say there will be a day where, if you merely mention an adverse temperature, your AC or heater will make the reasonable adjustments.
Let me paint you a picture of what could happen in your lifetime: You’ll be able to walk around your house voicing commands from “preheat the oven” to “turn on the 6 o’clock news” to “what recipes can I make based on what is in the fridge.” As smart phones become the norm, and the IoT industry grows, connected objects will begin doing everything for you.
If you thought The Clapper was ground breaking, just wait.