6 Ways the Internet of Things Will Change Your Life

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Internet of Things

Has the internet changed your life?

As you’re reading this, I’d bet more than just my pocket money that it has.

When you need to find your way in a new city, do you buy a new street map of that city? Or do you pull up Google maps on your phone?

Arranging to meet up with friends. Do you call them on their home phone? Or do you leave them a Facebook message?

What about the latest news stories? There’s no more waiting for the next time the news shows on TV. Instead, you can tune into a 24 hour news channel on your smartphone. Or simply follow those in the know on Twitter.

For most of us, the Internet is embedded in our lives. It’s hard to imagine a world without it.

Going forward, the Internet will become even more vital to our day-to-day living. It won’t only be your smartphone that’s connected to cyberspace. Your TV, your vacuum cleaner, your toaster, the heating system in your home, even your clothes. All will be hooked into the world wide web.

In some ways, it’s a terrifying possibility. The Internet will know more about you than you know about yourself. But wouldn’t it be great to have your dinner freshly cooked at the very moment you realize that you’re hungry?

With the internet tracking your every move, that’s not outside the realms of possibility.

For the science fiction view of what’s going to happen, check out The Beam by Sean Platt and Johnny Truant. It’s a rip-roaring read by two incredible writers. And their vision of where the internet is headed will blow your mind.

But what about the here and now?

Here’s how the Internet will change your life in the very near future.

1. Your Car Will Book Itself In For Maintenance (And Drive Itself to the Mechanic)

Cars that self-diagnose their faults have been around for a couple of decades – even if it is only mechanics who can access the computer systems.

It won’t be long before cars hooked up to the internet will check your calendar against your mechanic’s calendar, and suggest a time for servicing.

Even more surreal: Self-driving cars are already on the road. It won’t be too many years before they go mass market.

Imagine this: your car will book itself in for a maintenance check, then make its own way to your mechanic. All at a time when it knows you won’t be driving.

Now that’s what I call a real smart car.

2. Your Pacemaker Will Dial 911

Have you been fitted with a pacemaker to regulate your heartbeat? That in itself is a miracle of technology.

But it won’t be long before even your pacemaker can hook itself into the world wide web.

Let’s say you’re driving, and you suffer a heart attack. That’s a potentially fatal situation not just for you, but also for the drivers around you.

Your smart pacemaker immediately jumps into action. It drops a message to your car, telling your car to do three things:

  1. Pull over safely to the side of the road.
  2. Determine your location.
  3. Raise the alarm with the nearest emergency room.

3. Your Year-Round Sweater Will Keep You Warm (or Cool)

Clothes with built in nanotechnology can warm up or cool down “at the press of a button”.

If you really wanted to, you could wear the same outfit all year round. Just like Steve Jobs.

And when clothes with nanotechnology get smart, there will be no need for the button. The clothes will monitor your temperature, and the ambient temperature, and adjust themselves accordingly.

Smart clothes will also track your health and fitness – like Fitbit and Jawbone wristbands do now, but in a more advanced way. And if you need a checkup with your doctor, your clothes will schedule that for you.

4. Your Medicine Cabinet Will Order the Drugs You Need

Running low on a prescription drug? RX bottles are set to come with built in microchips, so the medicine you need will automatically be ordered for you.

These smart RX bottles will also mean you doctor can monitor whether you’re taking your medicine as you’re supposed to.

5. Your Home Will Take a Goldilocks Approach to Heating and AirCon

Remember the story of Goldilocks and the three bears? She liked her porridge not too cold, nor too hot, but just right.

Is your home always as cool (or as warm) as you’d like it to be?

With smart heating, your home will be just the right temperature. Your home will know when you’re out, so the heating can be turned low (or off). And it will know when you’re on your way home, so it will warm up for your return. Just the temperature you like it.

That means less wasted energy, and more comfort.

The same is true of lighting. Smart sensors will mean that lighting only comes on when you’re in the house, and turns off when you leave. What’s more, your lights will brighten or dim based on the level of natural light coming through your windows.

6. Even Sports Matches Will Be Enjoyable

Love watching sports, but hate the hustle of match day? There’s the fighting for a space to park your car, then getting to the stadium onto to realize you forgot your tickets. Then when you’re inside, finding your way to your set through the crowds.

The Internet of things will change all that, as Lee Odess explains:

The personalized ballpark experience could involve your connected device, the iPhone in your pocket, notifying the arena of your arrival while at the same time sending a list of available parking spaces to your phone and directing you to the closest one. When entering through the ticketing gate, your identity and tickets would be authenticated without so much as taking your phone out of your pocket. Once in the stadium, the device would map out the best route to your seats, taking into consideration factors like foot traffic, potential hazards (if you’re allergic to peanuts, it will avoid passing any peanut vendors) and your favorite food stalls. By the time you get to your seat, your experience will have been custom tailored to you and your needs.

The Internet of Things is set to change the world. What changes are you most looking forward to?

Lori R Taylor is the founder and executive editor of Social Caffeine. In 2009 she started her own direct response focused social media agency, REV Media Marketing LLC, coining the phrase given by her young son, “You bring the rain, we’ll make it pour.” Follow Lori on Twitter.

David is our acting editor. He’s British, but we don’t hold that against him.

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