I just read an article about the Internet of Things overtaking mobile devices. Thanks to Michael Schofield for posting it (you ARE listening to the lib.ux podcast he does with Amanda Goodman, right?).
Anyway … here’s the article. The article states that “the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to overtake mobile phones as the largest category of connected device by 2018.”
I can believe that. Thinking about my own family’s devices, we’re close to that already! Here’s what we own that would relate to mobile devices and the Internet of Things at the moment (not counting our computers):
- 3 mobile phones
- 1 tablet
- 1 Tile (a Bluetooth tracking device, for keys and other things that get easily misplaced)
- 1 wifi-connected thermostat (not a Nest)
- 1 Apple TV device
I’ll score that as 4 mobile devices to 3 Internet-connected non-mobile things. We could easily add more connected devices – something pretty mainstream, like health monitor bracelets, would easily do it.
Given the way connected devices and tools are quickly becoming more mainstream, I won’t be surprised when this happens in my house.
How about at the library? Does your library have some Internet of Things connected devices or tools? I’d love to hear what you’re using and why!
Want to know more about the Internet of Things? Here’s a book about it:
Image by Ian Kennedy