Are you excited to have a Jetson’s Home? Do you want everything to be interconnected so that you don’t have to remember what little thing to check when? The Internet of Things, or IoT, has the promise to actually supply this for us!
Today’s episode covers a brief (interesting) history, a ton of applications for the technology, and my personal vision for the automated, connected household that I wish I had.
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Welcome to dare to tour I’m your host Jordan, and on today’s episode, we’re going to be talking about things, the Internet of Things To be specific. What is that? Well, today I’m going to go through kind of like a shortened history of it, because there’s something super fascinating that kind of kicked off this entire revolution back in the late 80s at Carnegie Mellon University. But then we’re also going to talk about how the Internet of Things are basically going to hurt is basically going to affect literally everything in our lives. Well, we’ll get into it, but it it’s literally every major area of our entire existence, nevertheless. But then we’ll also talk about some of my own hopes and dreams, how I will be able to use the Internet of Things, my own personal life, and I’m guessing most of you have similar ambitions. So let’s get to it.
Okay, welcome to the first part of the show. Now, before I get going, I would like to make a correction. That’s right, you heard me a correction. And so with my interview with Lance Gibbs from BP three global a few weeks back now, I mentioned that the term human API came from my boss, Matt Jefferson, which is true. And he really wants to get that trending. Because one, that’s an awesome thing to say. But to I don’t know, be cool to have something that goes viral, so to speak. Nevertheless, the correction I would like to make is that he doesn’t slap me, he just hit hit. And now if you listen to this episode, I know that he’ll be like Bohall. My colleagues call me Bohall. Or the professor anyways, he’s gonna say, Bohall. Why did you have to air that? You know, I know you don’t, or I know, people don’t know that they don’t hit you, and blah, blah, blah, right. But hopefully, this will rile them up a bit. any case, let’s get back to the topic at hand, the topic at hand is the Internet of Things. I’m sure most of you out there have heard this term, but let me give it a formal definition. So the internet of things often called IOT is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals, or people that are provided with unique identifiers. We call these you IDs are goods, global, unique identifiers, and the ability to transfer data over network without requiring humans human or human to computer IE human API’s interaction. Now, that might not be very descriptive, because it seems to cover so very much. So let me get into a bit of history when it comes to IoT. We think of internet of things as something that’s kind of new, I guess. I mean, last five years, people have really been talking about it publicly, or at least me in a mainstream way. But I said the front of the show that this happened in the late 80s, when in fact, happened in 1982, and Carnegie Mellon, and it is the very first internet internet connected appliance, and that was a Coca Cola vending machine. And this coke machine could report whether or not the drinks were cold that we’re in it, or whether they’re warm, as well as it could report its inventory levels so that somebody wouldn’t have to come around every so often. And check it the computer could just send out a report over their internet at Carnegie Mellon and tell folks, right, well, so that’s that’s kind of where this revolution started. But really, what kicked it off was a 19 91 paper from person called Mike, or sorry, Mike Jesus, Mark YU, sir. And it was a paper called ubiquitous computing. And then in 1994 Russa Raji described the concepts and the earth in the journal, I triple E spectrum as the movement of small packets of data to a larger set of nodes. So is to integrate and automate everything from home appliances, to entire factories. And so, you know, I think these two people really hit the nail on the head, because through 93, to 97, lots of companies including Microsoft novel, which give us nest, came up lots of solutions for how to actually do this. And so move forward to 1999. When a person called Bill Joy, he came up with an idea of device to device coming education, as part of what he called the six webs framework that was presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, or Davos. However, the Internet of Things term wasn’t coined until somebody called Kevin Ashton of p&g, Procter and Gamble. And then
he also worked for MIT’s auto ID center, he came up with this term in 1999, though now I guess he prefers calling this internet for things. However, he, at that point, viewed various other technologies as essential to the Internet of Things. So that, you know, I’m talking about radio frequency ID as an essential component. But of course, we’ve moved beyond that. So let’s move forward to at least this century. And so in 2002, a group of researchers presenting at a conference for an Nordic researchers in Norway, namely in June 2002, described and implicate implementation of Internet of Things, which was developed by a person called Kerry from link, I’m not sure if I’m saying his name correctly, but it’s one that more closely matches what we currently consider as an internet of things as a true Information System, infrastructure for implementing smart, connected objects. So that was a very quick and very dirty history for Internet of Things. But you know, the the common conception of IoT is, you know, things that are around us, like our smart speakers, or Alexa or Google homes, or our smart TVs that no longer require, I don’t know, I still hook up VC ours. Gosh, I’m not really sure the age demographic listening to this. But I’m guessing most of you know what a VCR is. Let alone any sort of DVD or Blu ray player, you know. So the point is, smart TVs can handle it. Our light bulbs can be connected to the internet, our fridges are, I don’t know if you guys like to cook with sushi machines. But my sushi connects to the internet. And so it sends me a little push notifications whenever temperatures reach the correct level, as well as timing and all this sort of stuff. So I know when I can go grab a chunk of meat or vegetables or whatever that I’m cooking from Sufi setup, you know. So there are all these little things that are all connected through this precipice of internet of things. So let’s move on to the next section where we talk about the real applications for IoT outside of these sort of seemingly one off devices like smart speakers, or smart light bulbs or smart appliances. So see in a minute.
Alright, welcome back to the show. So now I want to talk about some applications of Internet of Things. And so I’m gonna break this down into a few high level ones like consumer, commercial, industrial, that kind of thing as well as give some examples of each. So for consumer applications, significant portion of the growth in IoT devices are created for consumers, namely, like connected vehicles, home automation, wearable tech, connected health, and then appliances with remote monitoring capabilities. So to knock this off a bit smart home, right? I’ve talked about this a little bit. But it’s kind of larger than just my my smart speaker, right? So IoT devices are part of an umbrella of smart home. And it’s really about having home automation. So think jets, since how everything was automated, and everything was cleaned, and everything was cooked and prepared. And all that, well, we’re getting very, very close to that reality. So IoT devices are part of the larger consumption of home automation. Because Internet of Things devices include items like lighting, light bulbs, heating your air conditioning system, think the Nest thermostat to call it a particular manufacturer. There’s of course, media, as well as security systems. And so for example, I have a security system that of course, I have interconnected with lots of other things and can be controlled remotely, which I absolutely love. But then like I said, there are appliances like my fridge can give me an accurate view I did I see this recently that there are refrigerators that are out are coming out soon, that can monitor the so called health of various types of food items, like whether or not your milk is going to go bad. I guess if you drink regular cow milk, I’m not sure how it would like register whether or not almond milk or some of my preferred books are going bad. But nevertheless, and vegetables and meat and all these kinds of things, as well as give you kind of a list of the ingredients in your in your refrigerator, and what items you can cook, given what you have in your fridge. And I think that would be very helpful to having a stove which just like my CV machine can alert you when things are done or whenever, say your turkey is cooked to the right internal temperature, you know, all these kinds of things are absolutely amazing.
Let’s move on to another area because I’m going to talk about this smart home idea and a little bit because I have an idea of what I’m actually looking for out of a automated house. And we’ll we’ll see what you guys think. Nevertheless, another area in the consumer application of Internet of Things is to provide assistance for the elderly. So elder care. How could that work? Well, of course, it’d be a home based system or you know, a system that lives in assisted communities, that kind of thing. But some of the things that come out are just like you’re smart speaker voice assist can certainly help people that have either seen or mobility limitations. However, they can also connect these voice assistance or these voice control pieces, with cochlear implants that are worn by the hearing impaired or impaired. But they can also be imbued with safety features. So sensors, for example, that monitor for emergency, or medical emergencies, such as falls, or seizure seizures, apparently, I can’t pronounce words correctly today. But nevertheless, I don’t know if any of you remember those commercials where a person’s walking, and they fall. And they say help I can’t get up. I think that was a tagline. But nevertheless, they had something around their neck, which effectively alerted first responders to come help them? Well, there’s no need for that particular bit of physical tech, when you can just have monitors living around your house, that can sense that. Right. So by applying Internet of Things, devices in a smart home or smart location, an automated location, IoT can at least give more freedom to these folks that are in these situations. So let’s move on to commercial applications. One massive area is for medical and healthcare resources. And so they’ve Of course termed their own version of this instead of the Internet of Things. They’re calling it the Internet of medical things. And it’s just applications of IoT for medical and health related purposes. And they use these purposes for both dedicated and analysis for future research. And then, of course, for monitoring. You know, some of these devices can be used to enable remote health monitoring, for example, and the elder care example, why does your doctor need to see you all the time when you can just check the results from the monitors in your house, right now, same with the emergency notification systems. But things like implants, like pacemakers, or fit bits, or advanced hearing aids, or even smart beds that can apparently detect when they’re occupied when a patient’s attempting to get up when a patient, I presume is in pain, or is riding around or what have you or even probably predict the rise of bedsores and certain patients given lots of characteristics based on the data that’s been collected from lots of other patients. If you don’t know bed sores are a constant frustration for the medical industry. Not that I’m in the medical industry, but
mother has been for lots of years.
But anyways, let’s move on to transportation. Speaking of commercial, so IoT, definitely can assist and integrations with communications, controls, information processing. And they can do this across so many different types of systems and the transportation industry. So with certain interactions between these IoT devices, it will enable lots of communication, say if your traffic controller, for example, at an airport. Well, by having all these different sensors relaying information back and forth between whatever plane and the home base, the the traffic controllers will be in a much better position to assess any dangers or assess any issues going on. And potentially save lives, right. Of course, with transportation, parking, because it can become smart. I think I’ve seen this recently where there will be parking lots with a bunch of sensors in it, and it will have a screen at the front of the parking lot. And it’ll say which spots are open, which spots are closed that kind of thing, so that when a car, or a driver, I guess enters the parking lot, they can just go right to that spot and not have to be driving around for hours and trying to figure out where they can park their car. And of course, with the rise of autonomous vehicles or self driving vehicles, why even have the screen right? your self driving car pulls up to one of these parking spots, it connects with the sensors in the parking area automatically goes to that area. I mean, I can think of, you know an excellent situation where you’re smart car. And I will mean like the smart car made by Mercedes? No, I mean, like your actual smart car, your autonomy, this vehicle drops you off your preferred restaurant bar library, I don’t know, nevertheless, and then it just drives off. And maybe you don’t know where it goes. But of course, you know where it goes because it’s connected to your phone, which is another IoT device. And you can see that it’s going to this parking lot, and it’s probably going to reserve this particular spot Park parking spot until you call it back. Right? That’s gonna be awesome. How about, I guess it’s also related to transportation, but what they call vehicle to everything communication. And this is the idea that vehicles will communicate with each other vehicles will communicate with other infrastructure. So again, parking lot, example. And also vehicles will be communicating to pet pedestrians. The pedestrian one’s exciting because lots of people are crossing roads looking down at their phones. But hey, look, if your phones putting on a signal, I’m in the walkway, that’s a ton of autonomous vehicle that’s smart car will be able to see that well ahead of the time that it’s about to enter that crosswalk and slow down or stop or vert swerve or get out of the way, right. I think that’s amazing. All right, let’s move on to industrial applications. If you can’t tell them, I’m real excited about this IoT idea. And on Wednesday and Friday, we’re going to talk about some regulatory concerns, as well as some technological concerns and safety concerns that go along with this. But for now, let’s just let’s just keep learning out about some of these applications. So let’s move on to industrial applications, which of course is called IoT, the industrial Internet of Things. Big, big surprise, right. But similar to these other examples, I IoT devices will be acquiring and analyzing data from various bits of connected equivalent, or Jesus connected equipment, such as operational technology, locations, people the ground of that kind of thing. And so I ot will be able to help regulate and monitor massive industrial systems. This could be anything from the robots and machines that are used to build cars or anything else that requires industrial building, to the safety of the people who are at a work site to make sure that all those beams that will probably be
there that will probably have whatever devices implanted in them, make sure they’re going in the right spot, so that those workers don’t have to be in any sort of dangerous situation to build our buildings and our roads and anything else that matters. Of course, I’m leaving out maybe the biggest, at least for the US area that IoT IoT will affect industrial applications. And that’s an agriculture, I, I can’t imagine how many different bits of tech will be inserted into so many different areas of the community from planting sensors, like you would a seed into the ground to having drones flying around to check crop production and yield. OL drones again for looking for any sort of water damage. For example, where I’m living in the Midwest, we had some major floods, and that’s severely impacted our farmers, right. But of course, and then everything that exists for harvesting and planting and nurturing those crops and all those massive machines that farmers have to use. Of course, those will be connected to the other things that are living out all the other sensors that are living out in the fields to help those machines, which I’m guessing will be autonomous, plow the field, plant the field, nurture the field and optimize pattern, right. And given how hard farming actually is, this, I’m sure will be a huge, huge positive benefit for the farming community. So now that have detailed about all the different applications, and let’s be fair, I’ve only scratched the very, very, very, very surface on what can be achieved with IoT. I haven’t mentioned anything and science or I don’t know, just day to day life, that IoT, I believe will be affecting soon. So let’s move on to the final section, where I talk about my vision for my smart home.
Welcome back. So let’s talk about my vision for my smart home my autonomous house. And while I was doing research for this particular episode, I realized that almost everything I want is already available in the market. And so I guess this is more of a wish list, I guess, more so than a vision of the future. But let’s run it down. So you know, I want a robot that will clean my home, the Florida specifically. And of course, those are well known to exist. And of course, those connect up to the internet. I want all the lights in my house to be led and smart and be able to be dimmable as well as change the colors of the lights and maybe react to music, which those already exists. I want my thermostat, no one I’m there no one I’m not there, be able to react to my mood, maybe it’d be like a mood ring. So maybe that is one but future tech that I want. Maybe you can tell that I’m getting hot. And so it’ll with sensors placed around the house, like be able to turn the AC on automatically or something I personally run hot. So even in the winter, maybe I’ll have a window cracked open. Anyways, tech, of course, already exists. But beyond that, then I want smart blinds that can raise their lower maybe with the one wave of my hand or maybe through my phone. But again, that exists. I want all of my appliances from my fridge, my stove, to my microwave to even my sink, maybe or my my dishwasher, or my disposal unit, I want to all of those to be controlled from my app or from voice command or voices. Other than I would guess the sink disposal, maybe even dishwasher, but I’m sure that’s coming along. Pretty sure all the rest of that already exists. I want all of my locks on my house to be smart locks. Again, all that exists, I want my garage doors, I want those to be operated double by an app. But I’m assuming that exists. My alarm system to be remote or activated from a smart speaker again, already have one of those. So that’s cool. I don’t know like, I even want like my yard I want to hate Walmart because one thing that I’ve noticed about my generation and I know a couple other generations is I don’t like dealing with yard work, like my father does, for example, are many in his generation or older. So I just want a lawn mower to kind of live in its own little special shed and it comes out. Every once in a while once sensors in the yard determine the grass is too high and too high based on whatever is best for the environment there. Right. Same with my garden. I don’t want to like, don’t get me wrong, I love gardening, I love botany. But at the end of the day, like if I’m going to plant a vegetable garden, I don’t have to go out there and deal with weeds or deal with making sure I’m on the right watering timeline. But again, there are already robots out there that can plants the seed can nurture the seed can take care of weeds can water it appropriately consents the environment around it, that you know, so these things exist. And frankly, I just want to employ and deploy all of them right now. So if anybody’s listening who’s attached to any of those companies that do any of those things, please reach out to me because I will happily wrap anything that you guys are selling in order to have a fully autonomous home. All right, that was kind of shameless, but it’s true. So I want to end this episode by saying something that again, comes from my boss, like, apparently he has quite the effect on me. But he was asking me, Oh, you want to have such a smart home like, Well, you know, you’re just gonna have to start over when you buy your next house or you move because right now I live in a rather small house, which is great for my needs at the moment, right. And it’s cheap and cheerful, and it has everything I want. But you know, eventually, maybe I want to achieve my ultimate goal of having hundreds of acres with a nice ultra contemporary house. Nevertheless, his comment was, well, what are you going to do with all those smart things? And my immediate response was, Oh, I’m taking them with them. They can have an old dumb house if they want because these smart things I absolutely adore and I’ll find an application for them at the next place. And he reminded me of a movie which the title I can’t remember. But the idea is somebody like when a comedian buys a home from these rich people and the rich people take everything out of the house, including the ground swimming pool, and I feel like I will certainly follow that trend, especially when it comes to this awesome tech but I can’t get enough of any case. love to hear your thoughts. Be sure to comment down below and I will talk to you next time. Have a good day off.
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