The tireless expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT) really is a fascinating spectacle to witness firsthand. For one, the technology and it’s rapid adoption are driving the 4th industrial revolution in front of our very eyes. For another, IoT devices are fundamentally changing how human beings interact with even the most basic technologies.
What is IoT, precisely? For the uninitiated, the IoT refers to billions of devices around the world that are connected to the internet and sharing data. What sort of devices? Anything and everything, from refrigerators to thermostats to the car in your garage. Here’s another definition from TechTarget:
“The internet of things, or IoT, is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.”
Through 2018, the adoption of IoT technologies has continued at record place. For better or worse, IoT-connected devices already outnumber humans on the planet, and this trend is only expected to continue. For this reason, we’ve put together the following fascinating facts about IoT, updated for 2019: