IoT, Smart Technology and…Everything.

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As I write this, the news is breaking of the passing of Stephen Hawking, an iconic genius who had a profound effect on the world of physics and on our culture.

In his BBC article “These Are the Discoveries That Made Stephen Hawking Famous,” Philip Ball writes, “Hawking’s genius, which arguably deserves a Nobel Prize, is to have brought together several different but equally fundamental fields of physical theory: gravitation, cosmology, quantum theory, thermodynamics and information theory.”

His efforts helped further the Big Bang Theory and motivated the search for the Theory of Everything. The search still continues but, as one can imagine with trying to solidify all we know about the universe into a single theory, efforts have been hampered by overlapping—and sometimes contradictory—data and assumptions.

The recognition of a grand theory that will benefit humankind and the struggles to bring it to fruition mirror another effort of bringing everything together: the Internet of Things.

As described in ISG Research’s “The Theory of the Internet of Everything: Evolving IoT Ecosystems”:

“The Internet of Things (IoT) comprises a diverse and burgeoning set of technologies, providers, and consumers. To date, the perception of IoT is a litany of independent, geographically dispersed, self-contained, proprietary, and loosely connected devices. Providers and consumers of IoT have been as loosely connected as the devices. So, while exciting and innovative, IoT also has unrelenting concerns of security, connectivity, data processing, analysis, and manageability. Hence the need for, and desire by, providers to establish technology and service ecosystems, typically built out from one or more development and management service platforms. Most of these groups are newly established and working to achieve credibility. This Strategic Perspective introduces these ecosystem alliances, evaluates their differences, and suggests their future viability. Advantage can come to those providers that can embrace the mushrooming IoT marketplace(s) with solid solutions to existing and future issues.”

But just like the search for the meaning of the universe, exuberance has not stopped us from moving forward with IoT.

“For better or worse, we are about the enter the age of smart everything,” writes Ron Miller in his article, “Cheaper Sensors Will Fuel the Age of Smart Everything.”

The article makes reference to smaller and cheaper sensors having a great impact on consumer products such as phones, watches and cars and making possible everything from smart toothbrushes to smart scotch bottles.

While Miller concedes that the term “Internet of Things” has become a buzzword used far too frequently to simply make products and services “sound cool and hip,” sensors and smart technology will make IoT not only a reality, but a staple.

As usual, you can read all about the latest on IoT and smart appliances in this month’s appliance DESIGN.

Enjoy and thanks for reading!