The concept of Internet of Things (IoT) was first proposed in 1999, and its core idea is to link physical objects into the network to eventually achieve comprehensive information interaction between things and things and between people and things. In the era of Internet of Everything, new models and new business models such as home, education, medical care and travel are emerging to meet the diversified and quality needs of the people. So how will the Internet of Things affect our lives? Where will the future development of the Internet of Things go?
The Internet of Things brings radical changes to life
First of all, IoT will make life more convenient. IoT makes it possible for “smart nannies” to help us complete tedious household chores, including shopping, laundry, cleaning, etc. It can also protect home security through network monitoring. And voice technology can also achieve human-computer interaction, so that the “intelligent nanny” becomes a “caring companion”, the elderly can talk to them, and even talk about their hearts and so on. At the same time, they can not only accompany the elderly emotionally, but also monitor the elderly in health care. The application of sensors and other technologies can not only monitor their heart rate, blood pressure and other physiological indicators, in the event of a fall and other unexpected conditions can also be instant alarm.
This means that IoT technology has a huge potential in the healthcare field. IoT can collect and upload each person’s physiological data as a basis for precise and personalized disease prevention and health intervention. At the same time, IoT brings the possibility of telemedicine. With the development of real-time communication technology, doctors can diagnose remotely and realize remote surgery through IoT. And, with the development of artificial intelligence technology, robots can reserve and process a large amount of medical information, and even realize disease diagnosis and treatment.
IoT will also optimize the way we travel. The connection of transportation such as cars, the Internet and AI technology, do free the driver’s hands and brain, making driverless possible, and even the general driver occupation may disappear in the future. Public transportation will become more customized and personalized, and users will be able to customize their travel routes through Internet platforms. Private car travel will also be very different, when they travel the data of the surrounding environment and road information will be collected by the Internet of Things in real time, so as to help car owners avoid congested roads, recommend the nearest travel attractions, etc., so as to improve the travel experience of car owners.
IoT will also enrich education and educational resources. High-quality educational resources can be shared through the network, and technologies such as AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) can be used in the field of education, allowing learners to experience the learning content in an immersive way, so that they can better master the relevant knowledge. Moreover, IoT can also help teachers analyze students’ learning, master students’ learning, and complete the tedious and repetitive teaching work, thus reducing teachers’ educational pressure and workload, as well as reducing students’ pressure of repetitive learning.
The Future of IoT: No Step by Step to a Thousand Miles
Indeed, the development potential of IoT is immeasurable, but as the old saying goes, “No step is too small to reach a thousand miles”, the future development of IoT will not be achieved overnight.
First, the industry chain of IoT is long, from sensors, chips, platforms, communication technology and other aspects of research and development and development will take time. Second, the application of 5G communication technology has started to cover all aspects of various regions, but there is still a certain distance to reach full technical maturity. Third, the IoT industry is after all a new industry, its business model still needs to be explored and optimized. Fourth, the application of IoT products, from small-scale trials and improvements to large-scale applications still need time.
In the future, IoT is full of challenges but also full of opportunities. With the development of artificial intelligence technology, 5G communication and other technologies, coupled with the efforts of the academia and the industry, to continue to promote large-scale IoT application test IoT technology will cut through the thorns and go to a bright future.