Imagine a car so smart that it can communicate with other cars and navigate traffic better than you can. Imagine the plants in your garden letting the sprinkler system know they need water. Imagine a small wearable device that can transmit essential health information, within seconds, to your doctor—all without discomfort or disruption to your daily activities.
For some, this world may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but the concept of smart devices is not new—some of these services have existed for over decades. However, for the first time the key trends have aligned to allow an exponential growth of new devices and services, which will eventually dwarf the market of computers and mobile phones. With that we are truly witnessing a new technological revolution.
The Internet of Things, Machine-to-Machine (M2M), connected devices, ubiquitous computing, embedded computing, smart services—all are terms that attempt to describe parts of the same phenomenon of the material world communicating information back to us making us more productive and in touch with our environment.