“Connected devices and the internet of things will monitor our activities and upload that data. This will be factored into an algorithm to generate an overall score, which can increase or decrease in real-time. People will be able to see their overall fitness going up and down as they’re working out at the gym or eating takeaway pizza and watching Netflix.”
By Emmanuel Fombu.
The industrial revolution brought with it many advances, the appearance of thousands of different machines allowed to automate some of the most laborious and tedious processes.
This meant the liberalization of time for the workers, who could take advantage to specialize in other areas. “A similar change is happening with the revolution of connected objects,” warns Christian Johan Smith, president and co-founder of TrackR.
With the continuous growth of technology, the possibilities that IoT will offer society in the near and far future are enormous. IHS foresees that this Internet of Things market will grow to surpass 30 million devices in 2020 and 75 million in 2025. Within the IoT, there is a type of solutions that is gaining more and more followers, these are the geolocation devices.
These units work mainly by means of the “digitalization” of elements, in this way a system is created that allows to control practically all the personal objects. “The idea is to be able to delegate to technology the obligation to remember where our personal objects are located. A few years ago we remembered all the phone numbers, instead we now entrust this task to our smartphones, “says Smith.
TrackR is now betting on geolocation through voice. The team of the Californian company works with Amazon to improve the virtual voice assistant Alexa. “This tool will help you find your objects by just asking out loud,” says the founder of TrackR.
Another example of IoT are the smartwatches. They offer the possibility of using a fully functional smartphone on the wrist to make calls, schedule appointments or read the news. There are also already connected devices at home, which allow you to control the temperature of the home, make sure that the lights are off or even to remember where the keys are before leaving home. Internet of Things (IoT) has already changed the way of living, working and interacting of a large part of society and the number of connected devices does not stop growing. The main objective of IoT is to take advantage of the Internet so that previously inanimate objects, in many cases through applications, communicate with people and with each other. These are the first years of the IoT revolution, as evidenced by the potential for market growth and the lack of common protocols.
Future IoT platforms will provide effective communication between a wide variety of devices and allow consumers to take advantage of these benefits. According to the founder of TrackR, a company specialized in geolocation and tracking of objects, “when technology reaches a maturity in which users can assume their usefulness, humanity will be free to specialize in other areas, just as automation of the farm allowed my grandfather in Kansas to attend medical school, “he concludes.