The best feature length article yet about the “Internet of Things” or the “Sensor Revolution.”
We are surrounded by tiny, intelligent devices that capture data about how we live and what we do. Soon we’ll be able to choreograph them to respond to our needs, solve our problems, and even save our lives.
The future: chips and sensors in everything, from clothes, to doors, to cars, wallets, coffee makers, ovens. Our appliances will soon self report their status - the oven will inform you once your food is finished cooking, the clothes hung to dry will alert you once it started raining outside, and more. Furthermore, these inanimate objects will soon talk with each other; your sofa will tell your TV to turn itself on once it detects the presence of your butt. Everything will be partially automated; everything will be programmable. It’s like we’re wielding some form of God-like magic where we simply will our appliances and objects to do this and do that. Except this time, these objects have their own limited brain; they can talk to each other and anticipate our needs.
This, and wearable computing, will be the next technological revolution. It will follow the smartphone and internet revolution, and will be followed by goodness knows what. We have exciting times ahead.