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Connect the World

Chances are, you know someone with a device

that connects, communicates, or controls another

product. Within the past five years, a number

of home and consumer products are in some

way connected to the Internet or connected to a

device, such as your smartphone. Welcome to the

revolution of the Internet of Things, or IoT, as it is

most commonly referred.

IoT devices are classified as any device with an

on-off switch that is either connected directly to

the Internet or to a device that is connected to the

Internet. Common home examples include smart

door locks or thermostats. Both can connect to

your home WiFi, communicate and be controlled

by a computer or cellphone app. Now you can have

the functionality to lock or unlock your door and

raise and lower your home temperature remotely.

IoT devices can have sensors that send feedback

to a cloud based service, provide a second screen

to show notifications such as text messages, or

be turned on and off according to a schedule. A

common example for sensors is your thermostat

automatically setting an

Away from Home

status

when it senses no one is home.

Some IoT devices allow you to control other

gadgets with just your voice. One such device of

this type is the Amazon Echo, which connects to

your other smart devices, such as Phillips Hue

lightbulbs. Did you forget to turn down the lights

when watching your movie? All from the ease of

your recliner, with your voiced instructions to an

Amazon Echo, you can dim, turn on or off your

lights.

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