From: Eric Llerena
To: Professor Ellis
Subject: 500- Word Summary of IoT Devices
IoT is all around us. IoT refers to the billions of devices connected to the internet. As you can imagine this included a lot of devices such as smartphones. Computers, smartwatches, tablets, cameras, etc. Literally anything can be transformed into an Iot device. For example, a lightbulb can be turned into a IoT device by downloading an app and controlling the off/on switch of that lightbulb. The idea of adding intelligence to basic objects began in 1980-1990. The process was obviously slow due to the lack of technological advances back then. There was however a creation that was advance at that time. This invention was the internet connected vending machine. It was incredible to think that a vending machine had internet connection. People in today’s day and age look pass this invention but don’t realize how advance it is. It’s incredible to think that you can pay for a snack using your card. This machine is able to read your card and just like that withdraw money from your personal account without you having physical access to it. IoT is getting bigger and bigger by the day. By that I mean that more machines and inventions are being created. The reason for this is simple, supply and demand. People are buying IoT devices at a rapid pace. According to ZDnet, the amount of IoT devices bought from 2006 to 2019 has quadrupled.
Iot is beneficial to a lot of people. These people include customers as well as companies. As for customers, it makes your life simply. Everything you do and think can become easier with an IoT device surrounding you. For example, an amazon speaker can make it easier for you to lay music. You won’t need to get up off you couch to go turn the radio on. This way you just need to talk to your speaker and tell it to play the song you wish. Another example can be Home security systems. These security systems can save not only your life but the lives of the one you love. Maybe one day you aren’t paying attention and you don’t realize that your baby crawled out the front door. The home security system can set an alarm for when someone enters and exits your home. This will alert you if any harm is actually intact. Many people in today’s society have confirmed that home security saved their lives.
Although, IoT is a fascinating invention, it also has its issues. One of them being the security of it. We can come to an agreement to say that IoT devices are extremely smart. Therefore, there is no limit to what you can keep private around your personal IoT devices. For example, if you have a home security camera, it’s difficult to have home privacy. The reason being that if something goes wrong your camera can be alerted to police and it’ll show the images. The camera can hold videos and photos you might not wish anyone to see from your private home.