What is an ioT?

ioT, short for Internet of Things is the new buzz thats taking over the tech world. But, what really are ioTs? what and how can they impact our use of technology and our lives?

Wikipedia attempt to define it as:

The Internet of things (IoT) is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as “connected devices” and “smart devices”), buildings, and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data.

The keywords are connected and smart, likely connected to the internet via the cloud and can collect or even physically move via a remotely connected computer or mobile device.

The availability of small yet powerful processors with easy connectivity to the cloud is the key enabler to this technology.

ioT is, in my opinion, a subset of embedded systems development. In my days developing hard disk drive firmware, I can draw many similarities to the the development of an ioT device.

Anatomy of an ioT device? [coming soon]