The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly changing the way we interact with the world around us. A whole host of devices are becoming smarter, more connected, and better able to anticipate our needs. Whether in the form of wearables, home automation, connected cars, or business asset tracking, every day we are seeing a greater level of engagement between the physical world and the digital.
While this enormous growth in IoT may seem inevitable, like any emerging technology, there are issues which have not yet fully sorted themselves out yet. How can we be sure that all of the devices we own can speak to one another in a language which they all understand, regardless of who manufactured them? How can we be sure we always have access to our data even if we end our relationship with the product’s vendor? And how can we know that our data, which by its nature is often quite personal, is always safe and secure?
As vendors of IoT devices grapple with these issues, it is clear that open standards, open source, and open hardware will all be an important part of the solution. While different devices are at different levels of maturity, the market is full of options to choose from. And we’re curious: how many have you adopted? Do you have a smart thermostat, a smart watch, or even a smart fridge? Total them up, and tell us where you are on the IoT adoption spectrum.