While the term the Internet of Things is relatively new the idea of connected devices has been mentioned in science fiction since the genre was born.
Imagine a coffee machine connected to the internet.
Its 10:30 and time for a coffee break.
You check an app on your computer to see if the pot has finished brewing.
Not quite ready, you’ve just avoided a wasted trip to the machine.
The Internet of Things era is already upon us, and today’s infographic starts to put its massive scale into perspective.
- In 1990, there were over 300,000 desktop computers connected to the internet.
- In 2000, there were over 300 million desktops connected to the internet.
- In 2016, there are now over 2 billion mobile phones connected to the internet.
Here’s what to expect by 2020…
- There will be 13 billion kettles, fridges, TVs, thermostats, security cameras, lights, smoke detectors and other things in your home connected to the internet.
- There will be 3.5 billion navigation systems, in-car entertainment systems, and other things in vehicles connected to the internet.
- There will be 411 million wrist bands, shoes, glasses, watches, sports socks, clothing, and other wearable things connected to the internet.
- There will be 646 million heart rate monitors, body implants, pill bottles, blood pressure monitors, skin patches, and other things in the hospital connected to the internet.
- There will be 9.7 buildings, street lights, traffic lights, water pipes, parking meters, pollution monitors, and other things in the city connected to the internet.