The Internet has caused quite a revolution in our daily lives. It went quick, too. It wasn’t until the nineties that people started getting Internet in their homes for the very first time. Almost two decades later, pretty much everybody and their dog are hooked up to the web. As Internet usage keeps approximating 100% of the world population, you’d think its growth would eventually come to a grinding halt.
You couldn’t be more wrong. It may be true that the world’s populace will always place an upper limit on the size of the web, but the Internet has no intention of stopping at desktop PCs, laptops and mobile devices. In the coming years and decades, we will see the Internet creeping into our ‘things’.
Technology is always growing smaller and smaller. Soon, computer chips will be small, cheap and fast enough to be integrated in stuff such as our clothing, our televisions, our washing machines, our cars, our furniture, our toilets and everything else that I haven’t thought of yet.
Imagine a world where not only all computing devices are linked to each other, but where all things are linked to each other. The implications are vast. The first usage that comes to mind is being able to easily track down all your stuff. So not only will you be less likely to lose stuff, you’ll also be less likely to have it stolen from you.
Imagine chips with tiny sensors on them. What sort of stuff do you want to measure and log on some online account somewhere? The temperature? Your fridge’s power usage over time? Your own blood pressure? The list goes on and on. The home of the future is certainly coming much closer when you’ll be able to control every thing in your house at a distance with your smartphone.
Don’t think it won’t happen. It will. Google is already in on it as well. Just read up on the post I wrote about Google@Home. If you are like me then you’ll simply love what freelance developers are doing to make your favorite mobile device even cooler than it already is when you buy it off the shelf. Thanks to mobile app developers, we can customize our smartphones by cherry picking applications that we think are useful.
This phenomenon is going to take on radical forms once the ‘Internet of Things’ arrives. Instead of customizing just your smartphone, you’ll be able to customize the software in your fridge, washing machine and other household items. Just so long as manufacturers make use of Google’s Open Accessory API in the production of them, ofcourse.
The future of the Internet looks awesome. I, for one, welcome the new Internet of Things! What are your thoughts on the new Internet revolution? Feel free to leave a comment below!