IoT is the new definition of connectivity

What is IoT?

To simply put it, we are currently surrounded by IoT, from our TVs to our phones to our Bluetooth speakers. It’s been a few years since we started hearing the buzz about a new type of domestic technology. Smart mirrors, robot vacuum cleaners, wireless kitchen appliances – interactive, internet-connected devices that would transform our lives, and that is what IoT has done. IoT is here to let us seamlessly connect ourselves to devices for the infinite easement of our lives.

Where is IoT?

In these early days of IoT, the main focus of development has been on industrial applications for the smooth running of corporations. These included improving operations with autonomous machines or standalone consumer products, like a Fitbit.

However, we might also see a more human-centric category of IoT activity starting to emerge. It’s less about automation and more about personal augmentation, less about individual devices, and more about “living services” that let people programme and connect smart devices however they want.

According to international polls, in 2019, IoT smart home device sales reached $ 13 billion and are forecasted to reach a value of more than $ 53 billion by 2022.

How to use IoT to make life easier?

For instance, using one of these living services, a person might connect their car to the smart garage door opener, which they have connected to a smart lock, which activates a smart thermostat that they have synced to a smart lighting system. The user can programme them all to simultaneously interact and do their jobs when he turns onto his driveway. The experience of coming home is enhanced, since everything is acting according to the user’s preferences.

What types of IoT do we need?

Harvard Business Review recently did an open-source analysis of IoT user behaviour, looking at 1,000 IoT technology platforms and services and more than 279,000 early adopter interactions with IoT devices. As a result, they found that consumers want an IoT that provides personalised services that can be adapted to different contexts. As with the Industrial IoT, the human IoT promises to be transformative.

The data collected has shown that the most heavily used IoT programmes make home life easier, more distinctive, and more pleasant. Respondents also show a big preference for services that do not require them to go out of their way to make something work.

People using IoT increasingly prefer more natural interfaces, less visible and attention-sapping than screens. In other words, they do not want to type instructions on a tablet, interact with a device, or meddle with settings on a cell phone to get what they want. Instead, they value these technologies as “living services” that anticipate their wants and act on them.

Why do we need IoT?

The main reason why everyone currently craves the total transformation to IoT is to surpass the manual labour required for security and other conveniences. People strive to be safe and secure above all, and for this purpose, IoT provides many solutions to curb our insecurities.

For example, one system called Presence turns old smartphones into rotating home cameras. It uses software that connects old phones with functioning cameras to your current smartphone or PC so you can view areas in your house remotely. Other companies are building more comprehensive solutions.

Microsoft and SmartLabs have introduced a kit that allows people to remotely control motion sensors and surveillance cameras at home using the Internet Protocol (IP). Basically, they can monitor their homes from anywhere; they can see who is entering the house when they are away or check in on a sick child or elderly parent.

In addition, people are interested in data that tells a story about themselves. We want to know how we compare to others regarding emotional intelligence, body mass index (BMI), etc. Tracking our sleep patterns and daily activity levels, and looking at simple dashboard analytics to understand this data, is just one example of how we self-quantify. The devices that do this, primarily wristbands with embedded sensors and software, are among the internet-enabled consumer products that have taken off the fastest.

How can IoT help us?

IoT provides services that optimise our machines. People like IoT services that automatically do what they would otherwise have to do manually.

Meanwhile, new products that can automatically adjust air-conditioners, heaters, and other devices that use electricity, depending on when people are more likely to need them, are now available in the market. The investments being made to add sensors and other internet technology to home appliances, suggest that rising supply will lead to greater demand.

Of course, our daily experiences can also seem sophisticated and enhanced with IoT. Only a small amount of people can afford to spend money on putting sensors and custom-built technology into their homes. Still, as IoT scales up and becomes more ubiquitous, many experiences will become available in everyday homes at less exorbitant prices.

What’s next for IoT and human consumerism?

The haphazard interaction between multiple apps has become clear, and there is a definite push towards developing a superior home integration “hub” for all IoT smart home devices. Global electronics giant Samsung is a company that is constantly researching on helping customers to use IoT to solve their toughest challenges. From connected devices and artificial intelligence (AI) to management platforms and an ecosystem of partners that put all the pieces together, Samsung has a full set of solutions that elevate IoT from a buzzword to a force that drives tangible business outcomes.

For IoT, there is enormous potential for significant success and failure as well. Depending on the willingness of any individual or brand to understand not just the technology, but all other elements that come as part of the baggage – security, seamless interoperability, faster deployment, return on investment (RoI), and trust – will ultimately determine how popular and sustainable these consumer IoT solutions are going to be.