[In Pictures] History of IoT — Far Beyond ‘Smart’ Things

Mars Exploration Rover

This column is by William Belk, Founding Partner, Formula Partners

Visual History of IoT — Far Beyond ‘Smart’ Things

From early visionaries to futuristic applications, the Internet of Things was fueled by raw innovation in connectivity and robotics.

~1900: Radio Control

radio control

~1960: Hospital Pager

hospital pager

~1965: Telephone Modem

Image Source: Wikipedia

~1965: Mechanical/Hydraulic Exoskeleton

Image Credit: Cybernetic Zoo

~1970: Unmanned Reconnaissance Drone

Image Source- Wikipedia

~1970: Red Light Camera

Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

~1975: Cellular Phone Prototype
cellular phone prototype~1975: Telephone Pager

telephone pager

~1975: Product UPC Codes

product upc codes

~1985: Consumer Cellular Phone
consumer cellular~1985: Electronic Toll Collection via Transmitter
Electronic toll~1990: World Wide Web


~1990: Satellite GPS
satellite gps~1990: In-Car Navigation

in car navigation

~1990: Combat Drones

combat drines

~1995: Mobile SMS & Internet Phone

mobile phones

~1995: Facial Recognition

facial recognition

~2000: WIFI


~2000: RFID Passports
rfid passports~2005: RFID Shipping Containers

rfid shipping

~2005: Mars Rover

~2005: Arduino


~2005: Law Enforcement Body Cameras

law enforcements

~2010: Cellular Connected Parking Meters
parking meters~2010: Warehouse & Logistics Automation

warehouse automation

~2010: Farm Automation

farm automation

~2010: Self-Driving Car
self driving car~2010: Consumer 3D Printing

consumer 3d printing

~2010–15: Smart Devices
Smart Thermostat - Nest

Smart Thermostat – Nest

Amazon Dash Button

Amazon Dash Button

apple watch

Apple Watch 

Fitbit smart band

Fitbit smart band 


Amazon Echo 

~2015: Nanorobotics
nanorobotics~2015: Your Own Car That Drives Itself
summon~2015: Self-Landing Rocket
rocket~2015: Wireless, Permanent Heart Pacemaker


Disclaimer: This is a curated post. The statements, opinions and data contained in these publications are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of iamwire and the editor(s). The article was originally published by the author here.

Have ideas to share? Submit a post on iamwire

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>