I remember back then, when mobile phone was only used to make a phone call and text other people, when game consoles uses cartridges and wired controllers, and cars that have no extra features. These are only a few things that have changed because of the Internet and not yet including transportation, medical use, security, etc .
It was discussed in our lecture that, by the year 2020, the number of things connected to the Internet will be greater than the number of human population in the world. Think of it this way, there’s not a day where we do not get exposed to the Internet; cars with built in GPS, game consoles that allows you to play with friends through the Internet, smart phones that tells you the weather and have functions almost as many as a computer. The Internet now has become part of our lives. The Dutch uses wireless sensors on cattle to monitor their health, it can even sense if a cattle is pregnant. Just like the microchips we implant on our pet cats and dogs.
I have learnt that the Internet’s use is far greater then what anyone would expect it to be. At this point, almost anything can be connected to the Internet and only time would tell when we could interact and communicate with the things around us; asking our window to open by itself; shower heater turning on when you lift your towel; a cereal dispenser preparing your breakfast when you step out of your shower. All these ideas can now be a reality because the technology is already out there.
Take a look at this video about a forklift manufacturer,
Technologies connected to the powerful Internet is like a machine with its own brain, like Siri in iPhone 4s, you can ask it questions and it will give you suggestions. We cannot really tell what would come next, but what I can say is, the things that we are thinking about now, is already in the process of creation.
CrawnEquiptment 2012, Forklift Design: Improving the Way People Work, accessed 5/11/2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5vqN2ACRgM&feature=plcp
Nafiz, F 2012, The Internet of Things, DIGC202, Global Networks, University of Wollongong, delivered 5/11/2012