50 billion devices will be connected to the web in next 10 years

Within the next decade there will be over 50 billion devices connected to the web, which will in turn enable apps and technology services to become so smart, that they're able to understand and respond to consumers' needs automatically.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is so called because over a period of time, it gets to know its owners, their habits, preferences and routines. And, after several months is able to automatically adjust the heating to suit.

It that weren't already intelligent enough, at this year's International CES in January, the Google-owned company announced that thanks to its ‘Works with Nest' program, one in 10 Nest customers have now linked their thermostat or Nest Protect smoke alarm with another device. For instance, a Nest thermostat can communicate with a Mercedes-Benz car to confirm the owners are leaving or are on their way home and can adjust the heating or the air conditioning to suit.

Likewise, the Nest Protect smoke detector can connect with an Ooma phone and call you if the alarm goes off and there's no one home.

But this is just the beginning of the Internet of Things and even though the latest data on the topic from the Consumer Electronics Association in conjunction with Parks Associates suggests that only one-in-10 US households are currently familiar with the concept, we'll soon have progressed to the Internet of Everything, where ambient intelligence is all around us.

And that will be sooner than you think. ABI Research forecasts that within the next decade, ambient intelligence will be a key feature of 8 billion consumer app downloads a year.

The term ‘ambient intelligence' might be a new one, but the types of technologies and capabilities that it describes -- an understanding of environment, user awareness, the proximity of other devices and the ability to automatically respond to a need -- are already developing at an exponential rate.

Comparatively few households may have a Nest thermostat installed, but tens of millions of consumers have first-hand experience of Google Now, a contextual search service that pushes the information you need, when it thinks you need it, right to a smartphone or smartwatch screen. It started off as traffic reports and the sports results but can now sort through most of your digital life from cinema tickets and flight reservations and pull them up at the exact minute an attendant demands to see them.

The Consumer Electronics Association's chief economist, Shawn Dubravac calls this convergence the third stage of the Internet where there will be 50 billion devices, from fitness trackers to luxury automobiles connected to the web and sharing, analyzing and making decisions based on collected data.



Published Date: Mar 01, 2015 11:40 AM | Updated Date: Mar 01, 2015 11:40 AM