The arrival of Amazon’s Dash ordering buttons in the UK is a notable moment for the Internet of Things (IoT).
The device may be small and serve as nothing more than a simple way to order everyday items such as washing powder and loo roll, but it could well be the technology that kickstarts the awareness, and use, of the IoT.
V3 has put together a rundown of some other key IoT devices and items that are starting to make their mark, and that may turn up in your home sooner than you think.
1. Smart meters
Touted as the saviour of the energy industry, smart meters are perhaps taking longer to arrive than was first thought, not least because GCHQ had kittens when it saw the first security plans for a nationwide government-backed rollout.
However, it seems inevitable that eventually most houses, whether modern or old, will have some form of metering equipment to provide accurate readings on energy use, and let households monitor that use more effectively.
The idea is that, in time, you will be able to focus on individual items in the house to monitor their energy use and pinpoint those wasting energy and costing you money.
This may take some time to arrive as the cost of adding the necessary equipment to feed back energy use will make it unviable for most people.
However, like most things in the tech world, it seems only a matter of time before costs come down and use increases, giving us a far smarter, more energy-efficient lifestyle.
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