Who doesn’t want to make life simpler? Unfortunately, with fast moving and advancing technology, it seems our lives are becoming more difficult to navigate. Technologists are constantly finding ways to make our lives a little easier when a need has been identified. With the Internet of Things, the need has not been completely identified by consumers, but the technology is advancing nonetheless. Strides are quickly being made in the design and use of this networking method which closes the divide between dissimilar objects by embedding sensors within and linking them through wireless networks.
Theoretically, this technology will allow the new breed of devices, such as refrigerators, ovens, thermostats, and almost anything imaginable, to communicate wirelessly with their owners and each other. Devices that communicate with each other can make their owners lives much easier. For example, the alarm clock wakes its user and communicates simultaneously to the thermostat, shower, and automobile to get warm and ready for the owner’s workday. A major design issue involves getting all of these disparate devices which reside on different manufacturer protocols to communicate together.
Qualcomm, a major chipmaker, has created its own open-sourced platform, called AllJoyn, which links devices from different manufacturers even if they have different communications standards. So, instead of users awkwardly trying to make these devices work together, this new standard will tie these “things” together, allowing them to synchronize and be used together. The electronic interface in this example, the wireless network, must have not only its characteristics defined, but the characteristics of each device also.