The Amazon Echo is a speaker that comes with Amazon’s digital
assistant, Alexa. Alexa can order things from Amazon, tell you the
news and weather, and has a constantly growing list of skills.
The Garageio garage door opener is a smart garage door opener
that allows you to control your garage door via smartphone app.
the Traffic, that means millions of data
points and loads of information about
where and when traffic is heavy or light
and how long it takes to get between
any two places. Those apps are able to
suggest the best route for you to take
at any given time. 8 Consequently, you
can make more realistic travel plans, get
more accurate estimates of travel times,
and modify your route in order to get
home faster — and so can everyone else
on the road.
Another important piece of the Io T
concept is the ability to use, control,
and adjust objects remotely and easily.
Machine-to-person interactions within
the Io T are handled through phone or
computer apps with slick user interfaces
that make it easier than ever to close
the garage door, 9 parallel park, 10 fast
forward through the boring parts, 11
and water the plants12 — potentially,
all at the same time. Being able to send
instructions to and receive information
from appliances using other devices as
hubs can result in greater efficiency,
accuracy, and economic benefit.
As more and more smart objects are
added to the Io T, the opportunities for
increase, expanding the possibilities
for automation of daily tasks,
personalization of digital profiles and
recommendations, and integration of
more facets of your life into the Io T.
Imagine a smart home. You can
control your lights, 13 appliances,14
and energy usage15 with simple
voice commands16 anywhere in your
house, or from a phone or computer,
even when you’re away from home.
Chores like laundry, 17 lawn care, 18
and grocery shopping are simplified
through automation according to
your preferences. Entertainment, 19
security, 20 climate control, 21 and
maintenance are all connected and
optimized according to your needs.
You have less wasted electricity, food,
and time. You spend less time doing
chores or making repairs, less energy
running your washing machine or
cooling your bedroom, and less money
on repairs and power or water bills.
You spend more time listening to the
new song your stereo system already
knows you’ll like and more energy
playing with your kids.
Imagine a smart commute. Your car
knows the best route to take to work
in the morning, thanks to maps and
traffic information. You’re given the
option to adjust that route slightly to
include a stop at your favorite bagel
spot and a gas station with the lowest
prices. You’re fed a steady stream of
news, music, and other entertainment
that matches your interests and
preferences. It’s easy to reduce your
individual carbon footprint using apps
for carpooling or real-time updates on
public transportation systems near you.
You receive notifications when your car
needs maintenance or has a security
issue. On the way home, you forget
about picking up the dry cleaning, but
As more and more smart objects are added to the IoT, the opportunities
for machine-to-machine communication increase, expanding the ...
integration of more facets of your life.