The Internet of Things has come to revolutionize our lives. And as they say in the movies, nothing will ever be the same again. But what exactly is the Internet of Things? Well, it is neither more nor less than the term used to describe the set of connected devices that surround us , regardless of their type. We already talked about what the arrival of 5G had in store for us , and we saw that this technology could affect many aspects of society, from the management of cities, traffic or the way we buy. But today, with the possibilities of current connectivity, our houses have more and more connected devices to facilitate the day to day.
A fairly obvious example of a device included in the Internet of Things (or IoT) would be our computer. There are others less visible. For example, a smart watch , a refrigerator with Internet connection, a robot vacuum cleaner of last generation … basically any product that connect with others or provide remote access functions to simplify our lives is considered part of the Internet of Things.
The potential offered by the Internet of Things is hardly being explored at this time. Nobody really knows how far the possibilities of interaction between devices and the user will come, but we can already know the kind of home that will bring us in the short term thanks to the latest advances in home automation. We speak of a future that begins to be the present .
Have you run out of milk? Your refrigerator warns you
Little by little, more and more “dumb” appliances are becoming smarter. Possibly one of the first to start this race to the Internet of things is the humble refrigerator , which has gone from being a space to cool food to become a recipe book, entertainment center and notebook , all in one.
Some of the latest models and prototypes of Samsung and LG already advance their possibilities. Using cameras located inside it is possible to know its contents using the mobile phone so you do not forget anything when you visit the supermarket. Better yet, they are already designing reading systems that will scan the products located in their trays to know at all times when to buy more orange juice.
Also, the refrigerators of the future will incorporate large touch screens on their doors. This element will allow us for example to prepare shopping lists synchronized in the cloud that we can consult on our computer or mobile phone , but also consult recipes and watch television. The possibilities are endless.
On the other hand, relatively new products such as robotic vacuum cleaners have not been slow to integrate into the Internet of Things. A great example is the LG Hombot . Not only can your owner define the route of cleaning with your phone, but thanks to its integrated camera you can use the robot as a mobile video surveillance system accessible from any corner of the world.
Redefining domestic entertainment
There was a time when we had to wait six months to go to the video store to see a premiere movie at home. It is not that this is a thing of the past, it is that it directly looks prehistoric. The Internet of Things has also revolutionized the way we consume content, and that if before we were limited by physical media, now streaming imposes its law .
On-demand content platforms such as Netflix or HBO allow you to enjoy all kinds of programs over the Internet. And on any device. Another silent revolution driven by the Internet of Things that has possibly gone unnoticed by a good part of consumers .
The dissemination of streaming content is possibly one of the clearest examples of how the Internet of Things has entered our lives without us having noticed. It does not matter if you play a PlayStation 4 , use an iPad to surf the Internet or simply have a TV last generation . Any of these devices can bring you the best of cinema and television through its corresponding app … or play via Wi-Fi content that you already have on your PC using products such as a Chromecast or Apple TV .
The electric car as a battery for the whole home
Although it looks like something that is parked in the garage and ceases to exist for us, the car will be one of the next centers of the connected home. Companies like Nissan are working on systems that will allow them to use their vehicle batteries to provide electricity to our house if there is a power failure , thus preventing food from being spoiled in the refrigerator or losing computer work.
The Internet of Things will also allow our car to adapt to our life and not the other way around. For example, a smart vehicle will be able to connect to the Internet to know the weather and adjust the climate automatically . In addition, it will be synchronized with our agenda. This way you will know when we are going to work and have already heated (or cooled) the cabin before we climb.
To these apparently simple benefits are added other much more complex and invisible. For example, cold is the main enemy of the batteries of electric cars. Knowing the weather a vehicle can adjust the battery of their batteries to provide maximum performance. Or you could also contact an intelligent meter to charge them only at those times when domestic consumption is reduced or more economical.
Domotics and security: the authentic smart home
But without a doubt, home automation was the place where the Internet of Things began to germinate as we know it. With a good router, secure and able to communicate through the walls of the house as a TP-Link AC1200 or an ASUS Gigabit Wireless-AC1900 , the average user has at their fingertips to create a smart home with very little effort .
The possibilities offered here by the Internet of Things are unlimited. We have been able to see interesting lighting systems with smart bulbs that adapt according to day or night, surveillance cameras connected to our mobile phones and security equipment that will alert us if someone opens the door while we are away.
We can also highlight the growing importance of intelligent thermostats , small devices that allow us to regulate the temperature of the house from the telephone or program the heating at intervals to save energy (and money). They started being a curiosity and now they are included as standard in more than one new work. And to think that not so long ago we had to close the faucets of the radiators by hand.