Internet Of Things Goes Into Orbit

Internet of Things seems to be the next big thing – or probably, even the current big thing. Although the concept isn’t new, from the very beginning of 2015, we keep hearing about new companies tying big expectations up with their developments concerning the Internet of Things.

IoT is based on the idea of “smart” devices being united into a network that would be easily controllable by the user (e.g., via a smartphone app) and adapt to his or her needs and changes in situation. It was the major theme of the last Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas held in January. The Inquisitr reports that a large chunk of more than 3,500 vendors exhibiting their wares there in this or that way relied on the concept of the IoT.

“Devices to be introduced at the event this year include a Wi-Fi-connected ceiling fan, automated door locks, light switches and LED bulbs. Two companies will be introducing wristbands — the Reemo and the Myo — that allow their users to control video games, phones, and other devices in the home with the wave of their arm or a hand gesture.”

Some companies have even more ambitious plans in respect of IoT. According to Luckyposting, Samsung plans to develop a fully-functioning IoT within the next decade.

“What Samsung plans is a future in which not only your devices try to predict your every wish but the very environment constantly reshapes itself to suit you better. Of course, this future is still quite far ­off, but Samsung seems to have made its achievement its top priority for the next decade.”

But Samsung’s plans sound a little too vague so far. Other, lesser known companies, however, have very clear ideas as to how this future can be achieved. Sigfox, an industrial IoT specialist, is working on a solution of literally sending the IoT into space, according to GigaOm.

“Sigfox is partnering with aerospace company Airbus Defense and Space, French research institute CEA-Leti and engineering firm Sysmeca on project called Mustang that aims to build a hybrid terrestrial/satellite that can be used to connect the internet of things.”

When ready, this project will create a stable, interference-free, low-maintenance network spanning the entire globe and capable of accommodating any kinds of appliances: from audio systems to door locks, tracking devices in dog collars, and whatever else the human mind may conceive. According to Sigfox, it will take about three years to fully implement this project – so probably the Internet of Things is just around the corner.