It’s Cyber Monday and many retailers are focusing their sales on smart technologies. Where there were once just smart phones, there are now “smart” devices. The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the technologies and “smart” devices that “sense information and communicate it to the Internet or other networks and, in some cases, act on that information.”1 These “smart” devices are able to communicate, process information and “respond automatically to improve industrial processes, public services, and the well-being of individual consumers.”2 Some examples of IoT devices include: cars, voice-activated assistants, appliances and other home systems, health-monitoring devices, road sensors, security devices, smart meters and personal fitness trackers.3 Click here for or a listing of IoT devices to help make your holidays a little smarter!
- U.S. Gen. Accounting Office, GAO-17-75, Internet of Things: Status and Implications of an Increasingly Connected World (2017), https://www.gao.gov/assets/690/684590.pdf.
- Lee Rainie & Janna Anderson, The Internet of Things Connectivity Binge: What Are the Implications? 2 (June 6, 2017), https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2017/06/06/the-internet-of-things-connectivity-binge-what-are-the-implications/.