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The Intermingling of the Virtual and Real World: The Internet of Things

We are surrounded by a myriad of physical objects that we interact with on a daily basis. Starting from the toothbrush that we take first thing in the morning, to the comb we use on our hair, the mirror we look into, the toaster we heat our bread in, the glass we pour our milk into, the doors we open, the paths we walk on, the air conditioners we turn on or off, the watch we occasionally glance at, the desks and chairs we mundanely rotate on, the televisions we stare into, the water bottles we drink from, to the lights we turn off before we sleep, we use a huge number of things in order to get through our daily lives. These are articles that are probably non-essential, however, without them, our day-to-day activities will get disrupted. Have you ever imagined, if these object could be connected to each other, and relay information to each other regarding how we use them, for how long, and how best they can change to suit our needs; how beneficial it might be to us? The Internet of Things deals exactly with that process..

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The Internet of Things is, at the most fundamental level, a network of daily objects that are interconnected in order to make our lives easier. It is basically an intermingling of the virtual and real world, for the comfort of the end-user. The term IoT usually includes everything connected to the internet, but is now being used to define articles and devices that can communicate with each other. Each device is designed to collect data in order to serve the user better and serve a specific purpose in the larger scheme of things. It utilizes sensors, chips, and other in-built facilities so as to maximise efficiency, reduce wastes and errors, and save valuable time and money. It aims to provide a holistic consumer experience based on connected items and devices such that they work better in a network. Beginning with security systems, operation of home appliances like refrigerators, air conditioners, and televisions, the IoT is expanding to encompass more objects to hold utility in our lives. As a potentially extensive field, the IoT not only covers a wide-range of industry verticals, but also seeks to transform the information technology sector, business output assessments, consumer support, healthcare, biotechnology, the research and development sector, and opens up a plethora of other arenas. How convenient would it be, if you could turn on and set the temperature of your air conditioner from your car, five minutes before you got home, so that the room is just ideal when you step in, after a sweltering day? Or the refrigerator alerts you to buy supplies when their levels are dropping, when you are at or near the store? Convenience is sought to be taken to the next level, with the help of IoT. With our gadgets becoming increasingly smarter, and connecting to more devices to help us through our day, the IoT is likely to flourish in the upcoming decades. It would indeed be interesting to see how it develops and thrives, and improves our lives..