The Internet of Things (IoT) is a much-discussed subject, but many may wonder what it actually means for them as individuals in an increasingly connected world.
So we've rounded up the top five ways that the IoT will change your life, for better or worse.
5. Your home will be automated
So-called smart homes currently have a mix of connected devices that lack connectivity and merely communicate with a hub and with the owner through a smartphone app.
But as the IoT matures it will enable more machine-to-machine communications, allowing devices to communicate with each other rather than to one central hub.
For example, if a thermostat raises the heat of a room it could trigger a smart fridge to lower its temperature rather than waiting for the fridge to detect the temperature change and then turn on full power to cool down.
In effect, connected smart homes could make life easier, more efficient and better at saving energy.
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