Just when you think technology is at it’s prime, more pops up to amaze us. The Internet of Things (IoT) is much bigger than people think. It ‘revolves around increased machine-to- machine communication; built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors; it’s mobile, virtual and instantaneous connection’ (Burrus, 2014).
So while researching I found a pretty cool example of loT and it’s use. During a Taylor Swift concert, LED bracelets were handed to audiences that used infrared communications to light up the crowd based on the song being played. Various colours lighted up spontaneously; that are coordinated to the songs being performed. It was controlled by infrared transmitters that control the LED bracelets; similar to the infrared used for remote controls and TV boxes. A concert I went to myself, had light sticks that were available that lit up according to the beat of the song.
Honestly, I didn’t understand what IoT was until this weeks lecture but really; its a function that we are slowly being surrounded by that will only increase in the future. It’s becoming much bigger than we realise.
Burrus, D. 2014, The Internet of Things is far bigger than anyone realizes in Wired. http://www.wired.com/insights/2014/11/the-internet-of-things-bigger/ visited 21/10
Butler, B, 2015, How Taylor Swift is uing the Internet of Things in her concerts in NetworkWold. http://www.networkworld.com/article/2994387/internet-of-things/how-taylor-swift-is-using-the-internet-of-things-in-her-concerts.html visited 21/10