Internet of Things (IoT) is the integration of computing, sensors and network connections into everyday objects such that they can report data and be centrally controlled. It is an approach that has significant economic potential. The internet of things also has potential to have negative impacts in areas such as privacy and quality of life. The following are illustrative examples of IoT.
A bridge that reports its structural condition and external forces such as wind for safety and maintenance purposes.
AgricultureA vertical farm that is managed by an artificial intelligence that runs out of a data center.
ArchitectureSmart windows that coordinate with a building's heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. For example, if an empty room is overheating the windows could allow air to flow through.
TransportationTrain tracks that report their condition to trains and maintenance systems.
AdvertisingA bottle of juice with computing and networking capabilities that allow it to display advertisements to customers from an ad service. It is possible the juice would be distributed for free in exchange for the ad space.A carton of milk with computing resources and sensors that allow it to warn you if the product has gone bad or has been recalled.
Apps, communication tools, games and information access integrated into clothing and accessories.
AppliancesAn advanced future kitchen appliance that prepares fine meals from scratch using an artificial intelligence that potentially surpasses the skill of a human chef.
GamesPervasive games that take place in public spaces such as parks with participation by objects in those locations. For example, a park bench could project a hologram when a player approaches.
Self-tracking packages that reduce shrinkage.A city that uses networked wet infrastructure to retain all water runoff and direct it to purposes such as growing plants. Such infrastructure could be centrally coordinated by an artificial intelligence.
HealthA toilet that performs medical tests on biological samples.
MedicineA ventricular assist device that reports health data to a service that monitors a patient for risk of a health emergency.
SafetyA bicycle that is aware of objects, road conditions, cars and pedestrians with safety features such as automatic emergency braking.
EnergyA solar road that is centrally controlled by a service that optimizes an entire grid for efficiency and resilience.
Entertainment & MediaIntegration of entertainment and media into the walls, floors and ceilings of rooms. For example, a room could have the ability to project holograms and sound from any direction.
EnvironmentMeasuring air and water quality at billions of points in a city to identify sources of environmental problems.
ConservationEmbedding small devices in nature such as trees and rocks to enforce conservation laws such as protection of endangered species.
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