The “Internet of things” (IoT) is becoming a growing topic of conversation both in the workplace and outside of it. The “Internet of Things” is a huge concept that needs to be broken down because it involves over 10 billion connected devices and also involves billions of dollars.
So let’s start with understanding what exactly is the IoT.
What is the Internet of Things?
You are probably reading this article on an IoT device right now. Laptops, Smartphones, Tablets are just a few examples of IoT devices. The Internet of Things refers to the digital transformation of society that is the convergence of objects and internet access, which results in interconnectivity unlike ever before and gives companies massive amounts of data to work with. The term “Internet of Things” was coined in 1999 by Kevin Ashton and the earliest concepts and products were released in the 1980s and 1990s. The Internet of Things didn’t hit true market potential until the 2010s. The concept grew and was made possible by reduced costs of micro-technology evolutions in things like sensors, processors, wireless networking, and cloud data storage.
Why is the Internet of Things Important?
There are an estimated 7.7 billion people in the world as of 2019. There are an estimated 14.2 billion connected devices in the world, and that number is growing by the second. By 2025, there’s predicted to be 25 billion connected devices. In 2018, the North America Internet of Things market generated $83.9 billion. Simply put, the Internet of Things is a huge market with plenty of revenue, and if you can find a way into it, it can prove to be a long term investment.
How does User Experience impact the Internet of Things?
Our standard practice when releasing applications is to test across a variety of platforms and browsers. This may include iOS devices, Android devices, tablets, wearables, desktop computers, and more. For browsers, we ensure that the last two versions of Chrome, FireFox, Safari, Edge, and Internet Explorer are supported. By adding diverse pathways of access to our applications, a larger audience is able to access the products we develop so it can help enhance their lives.
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