Technology pundits are often given to hyperbole, but when they claim that the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing everything, they may have a point. At least, the IoT is being used in just about everything you can think of, from deeply geeky applications such as industrial sensors to frivolous gimmicks like Wi-Fi enabled toothbrushes.
Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at some of the many, many different IoT use cases that people are actually using—or at least testing.
Fitness wearables: IoT is the key concept powering wearables from fitness trackers to smartwatches, but keeping weekend warriors fit is only the beginning. Elite athletes and professional sports franchises are using IoT to push their performance parameters. At the other end of the spectrum, IoT can track your pet’s location and health.
Medical wearables: The real opportunity, though, is in medical devicesmonitoring blood pressure and heart rate, for example, and even automatically alerting emergency personnel when they detect problematic readings—or to send help when an elderly person has fallen and can’t get up. Down the road, smart pills promise to share diagnostic information from inside the body.
Vehicles: Connected cars are using IoT to connect everything from engine diagnostics to GPS data and infotainment systems.
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