The world that we live in was forever changed with the creation of the internet. This may be one of the most significant inventions of the century because it has transformed the way that we access information on almost every topic that is available under the sun. Since it has become a resource, more people turn to the internet for accessing scholarly works, trivia questions, communications with friends and family, as well as entertainment such as music and videos. Some people even earn their living online through the internet. The Internet of Things refers to the connection of all of our devices being connected to one another through the internet and there are predictions for the transformation of our lives. Here are 10 ways that the Internet of Things (IoT) will change the world over.
1. Communications through an implanted chip
A backscatter system is under development that involves the use of a small transmitter that can work over long distances to send and received information. This chip can be implanted in persons or in objects to provide a means of communication through a tiny antenna that absorbs radio waves that are sent out from a transmitter.
2. Communication that doesn’t require local energy
The backscatter system’s chip works like the wi-fi router that you use in your home. This futuristic device has no need for power because it gets the energy that is needed from tv and radio broadcast waves. This has tremendous implications for receiving communications signals in remote locations and it has the potential to change the way that we communicate in the future.
3. Smart homes will be the standard
Through the Internet of Things, the very homes that we live in will be transformed. It is predicted that the tiny technology devices can be mounted on doorbells, home appliances and more to communicate and give you control of your home remotely. This will enhance the current smart home and give owners an even greater range of options for controlling appliances such as washers and dryers, heating and cooling, home entertainment systems, security and surveillance systems, and even the coffee maker. We will be able to send communications to the appliances and systems within our homes from a room within the house or even remotely from anywhere that you have smartphone service.
4. The farming industry will be revolutionized
The new technology found in the Internet of Things that connects all devices and lets them communicate has the potential to give those in the agricultural industry a heads up on potential problems occurring with their crops. Can you imagine sensors implanted within strategic areas of a farm that signal an infestation of pests or sets off an alarm when a crop is too moist or too dry? How about letting farmers know the pH balance in the soil, or when it’s time to fertilize a crop?
5. Smart technology in our creature comforts
Another possibility is a smart coffee mug that sends an alarm when your beverage is cooling. This technology is already available and although this may seem like a novel feature, the technology is applicable to many other things. With enhanced communication and interconnectedness, you may be able to receive notifications from everyday objects to a smartphone or to wearable technology.
6. Improved healthcare through sensor technology
With sensors that are connected through the Internet of Things, it will be possible for healthcare professionals to more rapidly detect and diagnose health care problems including breast cancer as well as other diseases with something as simple as a breath analysis. This will significantly cut down on the time required for detecting health issues and for getting patients into treatment faster. It has the potential to save lives and improve the overall health of the populations of the planet.
7. More efficient traffic systems
There is also great potential for IoT technology to bust traffic jams and increase the efficiency of our national roadway and signal systems. Sensor technology that detects traffic volumes can improve the efficiency of traffic light systems by analyzing the greatest volume of traffic and streamlining traffic lights to handle peak flow periods by changing in accordance with the greatest need. For example, if there are more vehicles heading east at a particular hour, lights could be connected to create a pattern that allows for more vehicles to pass through going in a particular direction by altering the pace at which traffic lights change.
8. Enhanced public safety
Big Blue has developed a miniaturized technology system in the form of a gas sensor that offers multiple applications. It can detect as well as track biochemical threats at airports as well as monitoring emissions and other events within the atmosphere. This technology can even tell you when food in your refrigerator has spoiled.
9. Enhanced production
The Internet of Things is also predicted to be an agent of change for manufacturing. Artificial Intelligence that controls robots performing tasks within a manufacturing plant can be controlled to assemble products at a much faster rate increasing productivity without the need to pay humans to perform assembly tasks manually. For some companies, this could mean a doubling of production or even more, and greater overall profits.
10. It will precede the rise of the machines
Manufacturing technology is just the tip of the iceberg. Through the IoT, we are likely to see the increased presence of AI-controlled robots as well as autonomous vehicles. These smart cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles are predicted to become a standard mode of transportation in the future. Driverless public transportation will become more prolific as this technology is perfected. Testing has already been underway for a number of years and there are already some semi-autonomous vehicles in use on the roads currently. Can you imagine a future where vehicles drive themselves and the road infrastructure is controlled by artificial intelligence? It may not be as far fetched as some people imagine, or that far into the future.