If you’re still trying to understand about what the “Internet of Things” is, this data visualization makes things easy to understand and is fun to explore.
The Internet of Things is the name given to the interconnection of everyday devices from appliances in your home to automobiles with built in sensors… essentially it is the way that machines communicate with each other in order to improve automation and efficiency in daily tasks.
The visualization, from the team at Information is Beautiful, does a great job of explaining what the Internet of Things is, what it can and will affect, who the major players are, and even provides some eye-opening statistics regarding the direction we’re all headed with technology. Additionally, it mentions some of the challenges facing our “always connected” world.
Basically all of your appliances, tools, and vehicles will be talking to each other. As time goes on, you’ll start to see more and more internet connected devices. The perks of this future include more ease and efficiency when it comes to our day to day lives, and it could even save lives with instant reporting from health monitoring systems. This also means that manufacturers can update products and their functionality post launch without you having to bring them to a store. Of course, the more things we automate in our lives, more problems can arise when something goes wrong. Whether it’s something you want or not, it appears that the Internet of Things is here to stay.