Why is the Internet of Things not just a smart refrigerator or thermostat?
“The Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere, especially in our homes, from voice assistants and smart light bulbs to thermostats that understand user preferences and habits. However, the publicity and hype and the smart refrigerator you are using do not tell you that the Internet of Things will actually pave the way for a highly connected world. It’s not just counting steps and mileage with a watch-the Internet of Things is a revolution about connectivity. It has brought unprecedented convenience and opened a new era of innovation.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere, especially in our homes, from voice assistants and smart light bulbs to thermostats that understand user preferences and habits. However, the publicity and hype and the smart refrigerator you are using do not tell you that the Internet of Things will actually pave the way for a highly connected world. It’s not just counting steps and mileage with a watch-the Internet of Things is a revolution about connectivity. It has brought unprecedented convenience and opened a new era of innovation.
Today’s smart home is composed of voice-activated devices, which can be connected to some objects and electrical appliances, but this is only the beginning, and smart homes will usher in greater development. In the near future, everything in your home will be connected. Not only can you execute simple instructions, but more importantly, you can provide intuitive solutions that can react intelligently without user input. .
Freshly brewed coffee-an often mentioned feature in smart homes and the Internet of Things-is just the beginning. For example, when a smart phone is connected to a smart oven, it will automatically start the preheating process based on the time it knows when the user wakes up. This can be done without involving any form of privacy violation. The oven will know when the alarm is scheduled to ring, and then it will wait for confirmation-get a confirmation through the app or detect when the alarm is turned off-before preheating. In this way, it becomes easy to quickly eat the heated quick-frozen croissant breakfast before going to work.
At the same time, the smart thermostat will automatically adjust to compensate for the temperature increase caused by the oven, or the light will automatically turn on, but only in the room where the person is about to enter. The connected car knows when to go to work, it will automatically open the garage door and start the engine. If the car is parked in the snow outside, it will know to start earlier, so that there is enough time for the icy windshield to melt and clean up before setting off. The infinite possibilities truly demonstrate the power of a truly interconnected world.
To the future
The Internet of Things will have a great impact on mobility, and this will begin long before fully autonomous vehicles hit the road. With the operation of smart cities, drivers will not only get real-time traffic information-they will know exactly which roads can provide the fastest route. The details of the traffic lights will be sent directly to the car, and the car will share these conditions with the driver. The details of the car itself (such as speed and location) will be sent back to the traffic lights so that the two parties can interact. Then, if the traffic flow in the north-south direction is small, and the traffic flow to the east is rising, the signal lights will automatically adjust to compensate for the direction with high traffic flow and extend the green light time for as many drivers as possible.
When the car can drive automatically, the functions supported by the Internet of Things will be elevated to a whole new level. Instead of just providing all the information of the smart city to the driver, but directly transmitting the information to the vehicle, so that the vehicle can use the most efficient and time-saving route when commuting to and from get off work.
Self-driving cars will allow passengers to do whatever they want on their way to and from get off work, and these things can continue after they get home. For example, if you are watching a movie, it can be transferred instantly (from a device or car monitor) to the TV in the living room, so that the viewer can continue to watch it just by pressing a button.
Shopping smarter than ever
One of the most exciting parts of the Internet of Things is how it will change the retail space. Now, one thing that often happens is that you walk into a store, but when you leave, you don’t get any of the items you want. Maybe the item is misplaced, or you forgot what to buy. In any case, this will inevitably lead you to return to the store again.
With the help of the Internet of Things, every item can have an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tag, and as soon as you get close, it will try to connect to your mobile phone. Many stores are already using these tags for security purposes or in their warehouses, so why not extend this feature? Grocery stores may install illuminated LED signs, not only for sales, but also for adding items to your shopping list. In addition, you can imagine the impact that retailers will have when they use large screens to Display products that customers have recently browsed online. The sensor can be connected to each shopper’s mobile phone to view their store history, and then adjust the items to be displayed accordingly. This will bring one of the most successful elements of online shopping to physical retail.
It’s not only about what you want to buy and how you find it in the store-the future of retail also involves how you pay and leave. A new concept called “Going Out” allows consumers to buy whatever they want without having to wait in line for the cashier-Amazon Go has been exploring this area and has achieved some success. In fact, in this way, the checkout desk has been completely cancelled. Through the comprehensive use of smart phone technology, in-store sensors and artificial intelligence, the “go out directly” approach is clearly ahead of the self-checkout terminals added by most retailers. As a smart store, a retail store can determine which items have been placed in the shopping cart and which items have been placed back on the shelf. Over time, this technology will only become more mature and can bring more opportunities to the smart shopping experience.
Everything can be connected
The Internet of Things is mentioned so frequently that it seems to be just another marketing slogan. However, this kind of hype is justified. There are no restrictions on “everything” in the Internet of Things. From your home and office, to our city and more, we are close to starting a revolution in connectivity.
As the world’s leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) manufacturer, Imagination can provide industry-leading low-power Wi-Fi and Bluetooth IP for various IoT devices. Recently, Imagination launched the latest generation of Ensigma Wi-Fi IP that supports the IEEE 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 standard-IMG iEW400. iEW400 can provide a one-stop overall solution including radio frequency and baseband IP, designed for low-power and battery-powered applications such as the Internet of Things, wearable devices, and audible devices.
iEW400 is an immediately available solution that integrates radio frequency, analog front end (AFE), baseband physical layer (PHY) and MAC layer. It provides analog hard core and digital synthesizable RTL, which can achieve maximum flexibility and fastest time to market, while reducing development costs. In addition, iEW400 can be paired with Imagination’s low-power Bluetooth solution to achieve a true Wi-Fi 6+ low-power Bluetooth 5.2 combo chip.
For many IoT markets such as wearable devices, smart homes, and smart industries, iEW400 can meet their needs more efficiently and reliably. Especially in high-density deployment scenarios, solutions such as iEW400 become more and more critical. It can provide the aforementioned IoT devices with a longer service life, higher reliability and robustness, and stronger performance.
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