According to Wikipedia, the Internet of Things is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity to enable it to achieve greater value and service by exchanging data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices.
These “things” may refer to a wide variety of devices such as heart monitoring implants , cars with built-in sensors or smart thermostat systems in washer/dryers that utilize Wi-Fi for remote monitoring.
According to Dr. Seuss “things” are mischievous characters from his “Cat in the Hat” book, first published in 1957
The concept of a network of smart devices was discussed some 25 years later in 1982, with a modified Coke machine at Carnegie Mellon University becoming the first internet-connected appliance which could report its inventory and if newly loaded drinks were cold (super useful!).
The smart devices in my house , car and life are always acting weird and playing tricks on me so maybe Dr. Seuss was ahead of his time with his creation of “Thing 1” and “Thing 2”.
Gartner predicts there will be over 25 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020. Let’s pray they all work properly and oh what fun we will have doing business intelligence against all that data!