The internet of things (IoT) refers to the ability of various devices (or things) to communicate over the internet and report information about their state or transfer other data over the internet. The ‘thing’ in the name refers to anything that has a unique identifier associated with it and that can communicate over the internet. These things can range from digital machines or devices to human beings that have been implanted with a biochip transponder.
IoT technology refers to an environment where these so-called smart devices form a network and share information and can act upon the information they receive in some way. This is done without human intervention though humans will be able to interact with the devices to set them up, give them commands and to view the data that they gather. The potential of this technology has yet to be fully developed and promises amazing, though as yet unknown, applications.