The “things” to know in the Internet of Things

When MIT grad and innovator Kevin Ashton coined the now infamous term the, “Internet of Things” (IoT) in 1999, he probably sounded wildly crazy. Few people at the time were thinking about the potential of the Internet to reach beyond Y2K and our clunky desktops to become something connecting the entire world and everything we do.

About 18 years later, the technology connecting our lives never ceases to amaze us. Whether it’s through connected home devices or tools to improve business outcomes forever, the modern IoT world is something we live in today, and it’s only going to get better. Before it does, let’s take a moment to see what’s hot today.

Giving the home some smarts

If home is where the heart is, people love to put some cool devices to keep things beating. New smart home devices that link to our cell phones and devices are launching everyday and making our lives easier along the way. Whether it’s door locks, key finders, kitchen appliances or more, Postscapes pulled together the best everyday tools for your home.

Keeping your business secure

With greater amounts of connectivity comes an even greater need for security. With so many businesses seeing major security breaches in the last few years, ensuring your business grows in a safe and trusted manner is vital for its future. Luckily, Forbes agrees noting IoT security technologies add the most lasting value to businesses. From network security to authentication and encryption, this article has you covered when it comes to the changing forces for protecting your data.

Be a fitness geek

Sports and fitness IoT devices have revolutionized the way we exercise and stay healthy. Knowing your exact performance results right at your wrist, using data to understand how to improve your hail mary pass and monitoring concussions from sensors in a helmet are all real things Mashable writes we have today to help us become our better selves.

Robots in the workplace

Manufacturing is one industry to take the biggest dive into the IoT world. Having invested about $102.5 billion in these tools, IDC reports manufacturers are seriously realizing the value. Just like the Industrial Revolution mechanized business outputs, digital transformation via AI, machine learning, and robots are increasing speed and efficiency for many manufacturers around the world, Forbes reports.

Take me there, technology

We’ve all heard about the self-driving cars of the future, but IoT has already been making huge strides in the transportation industry. Business Insider recently dove into what these influences have had in both the public and private sectors. In the public sector, sensors on buses and trains have been utilized to better understand when something is breaking down and whether our rides will be late or not. In our own rides, we’re now able find songs at the tap of a button, make calls and get pinpointed understandings of what’s wrong with our cars.

What kinds of IoT devices are you hoping to see in the near future?