Many of you probably have smart phones in your pocket or possibly smart thermostats at home, but for the most part, objects in our lives today are unintelligent and not connected.
Out in nature, animals use their senses to survive. They are looking for movement, listening for predators and using their sense of smell to track prey. All of these are instincts animals and humans have deep in our brains. The problem with computers is that they rely heavily on humans for the information around them.
So how do you give a computer a brain? Or how about natural, animalistic instincts?
At its core, the Internet of Things (IoT) is about using sensors and networking technology to connect computers and give them similar kinds of animal "instincts." Then, like those animals and humans, computers can understand the context of the world around them. Understanding that information around them and allows the computers to react appropriately, whether is is by alerting their user of a problem, lowering the temperature when a room gets too hot, or starting the coffee maker when your alarm goes off in the morning.
Computers understanding what is going on around them, lessens their dependence on humans and allows for much more intelligent and exciting devices.