This week my eyes have been opened up to the internet of things. I did not realise that such a world existed! found: a water saving shower clip, a t-shirt that connects to the internet, a baby monitoring sock and a doorbell with an inbuilt camera. I also discovered that I love the internet of things. I believe it may be the key to finding something for the more difficult people on my Christmas shopping list.
But beyond being something that could potentially make gift buying easier and more fun, the internet of things has the ability to drastically change the way we live. When all of our objects connect to the internet we are able to communicate with them from far away and they are able to communicate with each other. It is this communication with each other than particularly excited me. It completely changes our perception of objects from something that we manipulate and use to something that works with us and for us via communication to improve our lives.
The internet of things is more than just a gimmick. The internet of things moves to an area that the internet of social media has not yet. It is the ability to develop relationships with things. This will ultimately change our sense of self and alter how we view relationships with each other and with objects. Only time will tell exactly how though.