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7 facts you probably didnt know about the Internet of Things

7 facts you probably didnt know about the Internet of Things

As someone working in the field of technology, you have probably heard of the Internet of Things. But how much do you really know? Here are seven interesting facts on this interesting and potential filled technology, with a focus on how it is, and will impact our lives.


1. We are already wearing the IoT

Did you know that 7% of the world’s population are already wearing IoT wearables and that 4% have an in-home IoT device? In addition to this, around 70% of consumers are considering or intend to buy an IoT device in the next couple of years? This means that the IoT product market is set to grow exponentially in the coming months and years as more products become available and more people buy into them.


2. Smart City devices are number one

You might think that wearables, beacons and other customer-oriented applications are the most popular uses of IoT, but you would be wrong. According to reports, the IoT sector is dominated by Smart Cities (26%), industry (24%) and healthcare (20%).


3. IoT has exploded

In 2008 there was estimated to be only one IoT device per person on the planet. According to more recent statistics from Cisco, they believe that there will be a whopping 50 billion IoT objects on the market by 2020- approximately 7.14 billion objects per person. In addition to this, the value of the market is expected to surpass $7.1 trillion by 2020.


4. IoT is not new

The very first IoT device was connected in 1981, over a decade before the first www browser was launched. The motivation behind this technology was to allow engineers at Carnegie Mellon to know if the vending machine nearest to them had their favourite drink, and if it was cold. To figure this out, they connected sensors in the machine to the internet and included a text-based interface so they could tell what was in it and how cold it was.


5. Powerless IoT devices could be a think

At the moment, one of the most limiting factors of IoT is that it requires sensors to collect data and deliver it across the internet- something that requires electricity. This means that IoT devices must have a connection to a power supply or need a battery. Science however has been making progress in creating ‘powerless’ IoT sensors that do not need any form of battery or mains electricity connection to function. Instead, they use alternative sources such as light, heat, vibrations, and even radio frequencies to run.


6. You can brush your hair with IoT

Did you know that L’Oreal has created an IoT hairbrush? Called the “Hair Coach” the brush is connected to the internet and uses a microphone to detect hair brushing patterns. It also uses sensors to analyse the way that someone brushes their hair and then uploads this data to the cloud and makes summary statistics available via an app.


7. General Electric has been using IoT for years

American company, General Electric has been using IoT technology for years to track performance of its jet engines. Specialised sensors are able to provide reports on over 14GB of operating data for each flight. This data can then be analysed by servers on the ground and then used to optimise maintenance for each plane, based on individual stresses that each engine experiences.

Credits: Finerton Malta Bloggers, July 2019
Photos: Unsplash.com

Last modified on: July 26, 2019

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