The Spark of Internet of Things

Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..”, comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

The standard chunk of Lorem Ipsum used since the 1500s is reproduced below for those interested. Sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 from “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” by Cicero are also reproduced in their exact original form, accompanied by English versions from the 1914 translation by H. Rackham.

What is the Internet of Things?

Internet of Things provides a layer of digital intelligence that will improve on the “smartness” of the device. When a device possesses the capabilities of internet connectivity, then it starts bearing every attribute of being “smart,” as is the case with smartwatch, smartphone, or smart refrigerator.
Lisa Taylor, the head of IoT marketing at Ericsson, provides a vivid explanation of the internet of things. According to her, the internet of things is basically a network of devices with the ability to use software and internet connection to connect to each other and exchange data. IoT is used in my devices, including smart thermostats that are capable of figuring out the temperature you prefer to keep the house; an intelligent lock that can respond to the command received from a smartphone app; a smart toy that could help put the child to sleep. Larger equipment is not left out in the application of IoT as there are driverless cars, jet engines, and machine sensors in factories that applies the principle of machine-to-machine (M2M). These applications are related to Industrial Internet of Things or better still IoT.

In the past, IoT devices were not usually capable of internet connectivity. For example, there are innovative technologies developed at CES with the concept of Internet of Things that is comical and amazing at the same time, like connected diapers that alert you on occasion when it needs to change, and pillows that prevent your partners from snoring. However, the functions performed by IoT are not the only merits. Many predictions and insights can be derived from the data, allowing the necessary actions to be taken.


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