The term Internet of Things is coined by Kevin Ashton, a British technology pioneer who cofounded the Auto-ID Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) & is presently executive director. Below is an excerpt from an article presented by him. Nearly all of the data available on the Internet were first captured and created by humans—by typing, taking a digital picture or scanning a bar code. Conventional diagrams of the Internet include servers and routers, but they overlook the most numerous and important routers of all: people. The issue is, people have limited time, attention and accuracy—which means they are not very good at capturing data about things in the real world. Our economy, society and survival aren't based on ideas or information—they're based on things. Ideas and information are important, but things matter more. Yet today's information technology is so dependent on data originated by people that our computers know more about ideas than things. If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things—using the data they gathered without any help from humans—we would be able to track and count everything, which would greatly reduce waste, loss and cost. It will become easy to know when things needed replacing, repairing or recalling, and whether they were fresh or past their best. We need to empower computers with their own means of gathering information, so they can see, hear and smell the world for themselves, in all its random glory.
WHAT IS IOT?
Today the Internet has got everyone connected to many things like media, photos, information, etc. With multitude objects becoming embedded with sensors and gaining the ability to communicate, will it be possible to connect us to physical objects? Can we launch appli¬ca¬tions on our com¬puter by just touch¬ing a phys¬i¬cal object? Can one phys¬i¬cal object talk to another through an Inter¬net con¬nection and com¬mand it to do a phys¬i¬cal act or feed it data? The answer is a yes and this phenomenon is called “The Inter¬net of Things”. Let us run you by an example. ...