I recently bought myself a "smart" wrist band to record how much exercise I was getting simply by commuting to work and walking around. A straight-forward and helpful enough concept, but it occurred to me that with the act of putting on the bracelet, I'd actually connected my physical activity to a data network tracking just about everything I do and possibly everywhere I went. The technorati have dubbed this new network the "Internet of Things"--and my wristband and I are now a part of it.
The IoT is the wireless revolution that quietly and rapidly is connecting the physical world with the ether world. As microchips shrink in size yet grow more connected, they increasingly integrate inanimate objects --machines, appliances, buildings, vehicles, clothing, even soil--to bring them to virtual life. In this new brave new technological world, everything becomes connected to everything else.