IoT Absolute Basics – The A, B, C and maybe LMN of it.
Everyone is smothered by news about IoT, “How Cool it is!” “It is going to change the world” “IoT is the way to the future”.
Tech circles are abuzz with phrases like these. Let us quickly skin through the basics of IoT, some popular trends, acronyms, and some amazing innovations by the tech world of IoT.
What is IOT
First things first, the absolute basic clear understanding of what is IoT. Internet of Things or IoT as it is popularly known as is the interconnection of Internet things. To understand it in a much simpler way, imagine it like a constellation of different devices, but much unlike the lonely way in which stars exist, IoT allows these devices to interact with each other, exchange data, even help each other calculate and reach decisions.
What is it made up of
A whole plethora of components, technologies, and protocols combine together to power up the IoT ecosystem.
- IoT Components: If we look at just the hardware components that make up together this mammoth exchange of intelligent information called IoT, these are primarily the components that are the building components:
- Wireless SoC – Is basically a System on a chip, these help reduce certification times and help add communication to any microcontroller based product.
- Prototyping boards and platforms – The first stepping stones in creating your own IoT project. From Arduino and Raspberry Pi to BeagleBone Black, these help built a prototype of your project and are available at a low cost to begin creating your own platform.
- Riot OS – is an Operating system and provides a basic support to run the whole IoT infrastructure effectively.
- Thingsquare Mist – brings wireless networking and true internet-connectivity to IoT. It is a firmware that helps network multiple microcontrollers with a range of radios.
- IoT Sensors: Many IoT devices have sensors. These sensors help register changes in light, temperature, light, pressure, sound, and motion. These sensors are eyes and ears of machines and help the systems adapt to these movements. These sensors are part of a device category known as Microelectromechanical system (MES) and are similar to Microprocessors. Popular sensor types are Stepper motor and Grove sensors.
- IoT Antennas: Help devices to be constantly connected and help boost signal strength for constant data syncing.
- IoT Wireless Standards: While programming and creating your prototypes, you need to be aware of the wireless standards to be followed. Click here to read more about them.
The Internet put the power of knowledge into everybody’s hands. Here is a look at what the Entrepreneurs, the magical thinkers, the risk takers have come up with in the world of IoT.
SteadyServ: This device tells you when you can run out of beer.
Image Courtesy: SteadyServ
Corventis: A heart monitor that you can place on your chest and relays information to hospitals in the event of trouble.
You can find more on Edn.com’s list.
The above was our humble attempt to get you from taking the beginning steps (The Toddler pic would definitely relate more now) to skateboarding your way to IoT. So, what are you waiting for, get your Programmer kits and devices ready and start firing away.
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