The world is becoming increasingly connected. Devices can help us connect and reach out to all kinds of people around the world, regardless of the physical, socio-economical, and geographical challenges they may be facing. And this is all down to the IoT. Since its inception, the number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices that have the ability to collect and share data have been steadily on the rise.
The fact that the global market revenue is expected to balloon to $1.6 trillion by 2025, with the number of IoT devices worldwide projected to reach 64 billion by the same year, shows how they have come to dominate our lives.
While the unstoppable popularity of IoT devices can be attributed to a myriad of things, one of the main reasons why connected devices were able to seamlessly seep into the mainstream were the advancements in the power delivery design of PCBs. These helped wearables and other IoT devices get smaller and more powerful at the same time – thereby allowing them to serve the multitude of functions we see today.
In a world that’s being basically run by hundreds of millions of IoT devices, it can become easy to forget that there are some people who are still very much unaware of a lot of IoT related things – even if they have been using them for many years now. If you are one of those people, then you are in luck because in this article we will some of the most common questions people have about IoT devices but are too afraid to ask:
Since IoT devices are almost always connected to the internet, aren’t they insecure and unsafe?
While there is some truth to the fact that IoT devices can be unsafe and insecure when improperly used, the long list of specific security standards and measures that most IoTs have can significantly minimize risks. To make your IoT devices even more secure, you can anonymize all of your data.
Are IoT devices expensive?
Thanks to its rapid rise to fame, IoT devices are no longer scarce. Furthermore, with the costs of manufacturing connected devices decreasing by the day (with Internet costs following the same downward trend), IoT devices are becoming increasingly affordable for both small businesses and regular consumers. For instance, common connected devices that can be found at homes, such as TVs and smart locks, can be as cheap as $130 and $100 respectively. Once they were the future, now IoT devices are a mainstay in many homes.
Are IoTs limited to wearables?
More often than not, people who aren’t very much into tech relate the IoT to just wearables. However, in reality, IoT devices are more than just the connected devices we use on a daily basis. In fact, the IoT is being used to improve various settings including homes, retail environments, offices, factories, worksites, vehicles and even cities. A great example of IoTs at work that are not just wearables are the ones turning New York and Cedar Rapids into smart cities. Soon your car will be connected to the city through the IoT, providing a more energy efficient infrastructure.
As the world rapidly shifts into the digital space due to the current situation, you can expect the future to be peppered with IoT devices that will make life a lot easier.