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Context aware IOT technologies

Sensors within an IOT network can enable devices that are aware of their environment.

What is it?

IOT is an acronym that stands for Internet of Things. An IOT device is any device that can collect data and be able to share that data with other devices without human interference. The technology is still in the early stages but within a decade many devices will be able to use and share enough data within themselves that we can say they are aware of their environment. These are context aware technologies.

What problem is it solving?

We live in an era of big data which promises to improve our lives but all these data is too much for humans to handle and make use of. It would be much better if all the data available can be used by technologies within our environment in order to predict our needs and provide services without us necessary commanding them through codes or button presses.

What can it be used for?

By combining 'hard sensor' information such as where you are and the conditions around you with 'soft sensors' such as your calendar, your social network and past preferences – future devices will constantly learn about who you are and how you live, work and play. As your devices learn about your life, they can begin to anticipate your needs. For example, applications like Google Maps and your digital calendar can already advise you if you'll need to leave home 15 minutes earlier because of bad traffic conditions.

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In the future, consider a 'context aware' remote control that instantly determines who is holding it and automatically selects the Smart TV preferences and suggestions for that person.

What other future uses could there be?

How might context aware IOT technologies be used in the future? Send us your most creative ideas by using the comments section.


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