The Internet Of Things

The 'Internet Of Things' is a term used to refer to uniquely identifiable objects (things) attached and contactable from the Internet (Wikipedia entry). As you would expect it has huge relevance to the Smart Home, as things like appliances, light switches, temperature sensors, thermostats and even doors (in our home) count as 'things'.

This doesn't necessarily mean providing each device with an IP address, or Wi-Fi or an Ethernet interface. Many existing devices in your home already have private IP addresses and use a gateway/router to make them accessible from trhe Internet. Similarly, gateways to other networks (Z-Wave, ZigBee, Bluetooth, etc.) can be used to connect 'things'. So long as each device is reachable and exposes an known interface or API to read or control the things, it still counts.

There is a nice introductory video on the 'Internet of Things' on the BBC Click website and we also like this CNN Explainer: What is the 'Internet of Things?'.

Innovative Examples


Pinoccio is a complete Ecosystem for Building the Internet of Things A wireless, web-ready microcontroller with WiFi, LiPo battery, & built-in radio. An API to get your board talking to the Web right out of the box.

Nest Thermostat

Nest Thermostat
The Nest Thermostat is considered a good example.

Further Reading

  • The Internet of Things Consortium is a non-profit organisation with the mission of facilitating cooperation between hardware, software, and service providers.

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