Internet of Things 101

What if all the devices in your life could connect to the Internet? Not just computers and smartphones, but everything: clocks, garage doors, speakers, appliances, you name it. And what if they could all communicate and take your commands? It's not science fiction, it's the "Internet of Things" (IoT), and it's becoming a key tenant to home automation.

Home automation is what it sounds like: automating the ability to control items around the house—from window shades to pet feeders—with a simple push of a button (or a voice command). Some things, like setting up a lamp to turn on and off at your command, are simple and relatively inexpensive, but others, like surveillance cameras, may require a more serious investment of time and money.

Still, imagine monitoring your home using an interface on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, or even panels mounted around the house. It's like going from using the Clapper to beaming up to the Starship Enterprise.



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