IoT: It is seeping into our life

In Week 11, the emerging technology and its potential impact was mentioned. One of the technology left a deep impression in my mind, it is the IoT.

What is IoT?

IoT (Internet of Things) refers to the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as “connected devices” and “smart devices”), buildings, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data (Brown, 2016). The Internet of Things refers to the rapidly growing network of connected objects that are able to collect and exchange data using embedded sensors. It is used widely in our daily life (e.g. cars, lights, fridges). Here are some applications of IoT in our life:

  1. Wearables: Watch is not only a single function (i.e. telling time) accessory anymore. One of the most popular devices is Apple Watch. It is a smart watch that can connect iPhone by Bluetooth and allow people doing texting, making phone call and recording their workout daily.


  1. Smart Home: Another application of IoT is smart home since it is one of the most affordable and useful for the customers, for example, the Nest Smart Thermostat and Philip’s smart led light bulbs. This smart thermostat can be connected to the internet. It can learn your family’s routines and will adjust the temperature based on different situations (e.g. people are awake or asleep, at home or left, hot or cold) automatically to save the electricity usages and money, making people’s home more efficient. There is also a mobile app linking with the device, people can schedule and change the temperature whenever they want.



Philip smart lightbulbs: the Philips Hue lighting system can change colours, serving for the sound-and-light party by being synced with music, they even can suit the tones in a photo that users upload through the app. Furthermore, people can turn on or off from the smartphone app. People can have a lot of fun when they are using the Philips Hue lighting system while saving money on energy.

Are you interested the IoT technology and applications after reading my post? If you could find more about the IoT applications, please share your findings and ideas in the comment space! I’m looking forwards to read, reply your comments and discuss with you. Hope you enjoy, thank you!


Apple. (2016). Apple Watch — Introducing Series 2 [Video file]. Retrieve from

Brown, E. (2016). Who Needs the Internet of Things? Retrieve from

Nest. (2015). Meet the 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat [Video file]. Retrieve from

PhilipsLighting. (2015). Philips Hue – Turn on living [Video file]. Retrieve from


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