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In Consumer Electronics Show 2015, Samsung Electronics announced that Internet of Things (IoT) will be its big mission for the next five years where it plans to interconnect all its products from home appliances to mobile phones.
“IoT is ready to go… It’s not science fiction anymore — it is science fact,” said Samsung Electronics CEO B.K. Yoon. He explained how the IoT would work for them by citing an example said that if a consumer takes off his earphones after reaching home, IoT can automatically start up the music playing in earphone through the home speaker system.
He further added that all IoT devices will be open to connect, that means an IoT device will be able to connect and receive sensors from any other IoT device that wants to connect.
By 2017 all Samsung televisions will have the technology and in five years all Samsung hardware, for products ranging from TV, refrigerators, washing machine, microwave, besides data storage devices and smart phones, will be IoT-ready claims the company.
Samsung Electronics sees a high tech future where all its products will be IoT driven, therefore minimising or completely nullifying any manual/human intervention.
Where is IoT Heading?
Internet of Things has always been in talks since the term was coined. It is transforming the everyday physical objects around us in a connected ecosystem to make human lives easy. The application and adoption of IoT is seen as a more frequent and obvious feature of the new age gadgets.
Internet of Things connects everything to everything. It’s a Machine to Machine communication. From the most basic smartphones to refrigerators to smart buildings, more and more things are getting added in this sphere everyday. IoT scope has now even progressed onto connected cars, where the vehicles will communicate among each other in order to avoid accidents and roadblocks, also one will be able to lock or unlock their cars with the help of their smartphone, that’s a part of the scale it has achieved till now.
Not only by Samsung, IoT is being globally viewed as a potential medium of revolution on a much larger scale. Technology firm Xively says that by 2020 there will be 40-80 billion IoT devices in use.
And it views future where the number of IoT connected objects would be 10 times the human population.
Presently, the number of IoT connected devices globally are estimated to be around 9 billion. Whereas, the Indian number of IoT connected devices still hold a ‘N/A’ position. However, a change is soon to be expected in this field where India will also experience revolution. The change can be sensed from the fact that number of smart phone users increased rapidly since 2007.
The number of smart phones is seemingly exponentially increasing. In the developed nations, smart home appliances like televisions, automation systems etc. are on a rise too. A report by eMarketer says that a majority of US Internet users will use a connected TV by 2015. With companies like Samsung, Google, LG etc. also focusing heavily in this sector, the other devices will see a growth.
Soon the world will experience a revolution where all things around will be smart devices, communicating and working accordingly. It is an important aspect in the development of the society. As it will therefore, minimise human intervention for standard routinely tasks, and thus maximise work productivity, time and output. Like Yoon says, it is not the future, it is happening right now.