The Internet of Things (IoT) Defined

by | Jan 16, 2019 | The Internet, Trending Tech Talk

You’ve probably heard the term “Internet of Things” at some point over the last several years. It’s been used in (and continues to be used in) articles, advertising campaigns, and product descriptions.

Although its usage has slowed down some, it’s still a common technology buzzword.

The term Internet of Things (IoT) is used to encompass the wide range of devices and products being connected to the internet.

 

The Internet Is Everywhere Around Us

 

Let’s look at my typical morning to see just how many “things” I interact with—all before 8am.

At exactly 4:45am, my left wrist begins to buzz as my Apple Watch brings me out of my sleep. I hop out of bed and put on my exercise clothes to begin my “Miracle Morning.” If you’re not familiar with the “Miracle Morning,” check out the book by Hal Elrod.

Okay, back to my morning.

After I’m in my exercise gear, I head to my desk and read a physical (paper) book for 15 minutes.

Next, I use my iPhone and Apple Watch to meditate for 5 minutes.

Then, I hop on my computer and begin to write for 33:33 minutes. Why 33:33? It’s an old Zen Master trick that I learned about from Eugene Schwartz, but I digress.

After I finish writing, I head down to my exercise space to either run on my treadmill or take a “spin” on my Peloton bike for 30-45 minutes. 

Finally, I quickly check the weather on my digital wall calendar before I grab a cup of coffee. 

How many different “things” did I interact with that were connected to the internet?

  1. Apple Watch
  2. iPhone
  3. Computer
  4. Peloton Bike
  5. Digital Wall Calendar

So, five total “things,” and this is probably a small number compared to many others. 

It’s No Longer Only Computers, Tablets, And Mobile Devices Connected To The Internet 

 

We now have refrigerators, thermostats, security cameras, ovens, cars, washers, dryers, dishwashers, fireplaces, and many other “things.”—all connected to the internet.

This trend will continue, and we’ll see more-and-more things connected to the internet in the coming years.

How many things do you own that are connected to the internet?  Hit us up on Twitter (@TeamPixelayn) and let us know.

 

Ryan has been heavily involved in the world of Information Technology and entrepreneurship since the early 2000s. From small business consulting to Fortune 500 IT leadership, Ryan has a wide array of industry knowledge. He earned his BBA from the University of Iowa in 2004 majoring in Management Information Systems and later earned his MBA from the University of Iowa in 2009 with a focus on Management and Marketing. When he's not spending time with his wife and three young children, you'll find Ryan pounding away at his keyboard, spinning on his Peloton, or listening to a good audiobook or podcast.

Connect with Ryan on Twitter or Instagram.

Ryan Glick

Co-Founder, Pixelayn Innovations

Ryan has been heavily involved in the world of Information Technology and entrepreneurship since the early 2000s. From small business consulting to Fortune 500 IT leadership, Ryan has a wide array of industry knowledge. He earned his BBA from the University of Iowa in 2004 majoring in Management Information Systems and later earned his MBA from the University of Iowa in 2009 with a focus on Management and Marketing. When he's not spending time with his wife and three young children, you'll find Ryan pounding away at his keyboard, spinning on his Peloton, or listening to a good audiobook or podcast.

Connect with Ryan on Twitter or Instagram.

Ryan Glick

Co-Founder, Pixelayn Innovations