The latest estimates from market research firm IHS Technology hint at over 6 billion Internet-enabled devices to be produced in 2014 alone, with another 19.42 billion such devices literally flooding the planet between 2015 and 2017.
From whatever angle you look at it, it is a promising market for providers or low-power microcontrollers, sensors, RF modules of many sorts, GPS chips, energy harvesting units, supercapacitors and batteries just to name a few of the component categories that will invariably find their way to landfills if not decommissioned properly or lost in nature.
The real-time sensing, data logging and reporting applications seem endless, all tied to specific benefits for the end-user, whether it be in the name of safety, health, efficiency, productivity, security or leisure. Now, if it is good for business too, where is the harm?
After all, only a few years ago, before this broad vision of the Internet-of-Things was even considered possible, every new internet-enabled device was touted to offer a new lifestyle paradigm, always with some form of “freedom” attached to the sales pitch.
Freedom to work, to consume, to spend, to play games, to listen to music, to organize your life… All this from anywhere, wow!