Take an amazing application that we used almost every day – Waze as an example. How many of us depend on this application every day? I opened this application at least twice a day – going to the office and going home during the evening. I also used this app whenever I wanted to find a place either on my next trip or my meeting place. Most of the time, its being used as a Map to find my best route to the destination and also to estimate my time of arrival (ETA) which I can always inform the other end if I am about to arrive late.
Waze is one of those “IoT” apps (remember it has, at least, a sensor via your smartphone, connectivity, and analytics to help you find the best route? These are all the elements to call the device an IoT device). But sometimes, it will turn you into a more lay back person. As for me, it’s mandatory for me to open the app every time I’m in the car. I became less dependent on my daily driving experience to drive to a place. I can be trapped in MRR2 forever because I can’t sense what’s happening 1 km in front of me and only to find out there’s an accident.
Now imagine when the world around you is all “IOT-enabled”? What if your house is fully connected? Will you be more cautious leaving your house door open or air-condition or lights switch on?
What if your body and health were continuously monitored? Will you be more health conscious or will wait for a notification alert asking you to walk and exercise more?
What if the city has a smart parking application? Will you be doing your shopping without planning and being too dependent on the smart parking app while you drive to the shopping mall and expect it to have space for you?
Do you think the Internet of Things will make you lazier and more complacent person? Or will it help you to become a better and more productive person?
About the Author
Dr. Mazlan Abbas is an IOT Evangelist, Thought Leader, and CEO of FAVORIOT. He is passionate to build a Generation IoT of the future. And currently, his company, Favoriot, is offering a FREE IoT platform subscription to start your IoT journey.