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Internet of Things: Impact on the Home
May 25, 2019
Check out our infographic showing the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) at home
Internet of Things (IoT) devices are capable of simplifying your routine tasks.
These technological tools can revolutionize your home:
- As of 2019, there are over 26 billion IoT devices worldwide
- 127 new devices are connected to the internet every second 
What is the Internet of Things?
The Internet of Things is a network of devices that “talk” to one another. The devices can work together to coordinate tasks. 
The 5 Components of IoT
It starts with the devices in your home. IoT devices might include:
- Home audio
- Air conditioning systems
- Water heaters
- Alarm clocks
- Coffee makers
- Light fixtures
2. Sensors and Actuators
Ideally, devices would have sensors and actuators that collect real-time data about your home. Sensors monitor the data. Actuators instruct your devices to make adjustments. This process is called “telemetry.”
Here are things you can track and adjust using telemetry:
- Room temperature
- Water temperature of shower
- Location of household items
- Hours of usage of electronics and appliances
IoT devices use the internet to upload data to the cloud. For example, an alarm clock might upload data about what times of day it’s most frequently set to go off.
4. Data processing
Data processing software examines the data and figures out how to improve user experience.
Using the data collected from all your devices, the software can instruct them to perform tasks. No manual operation needed! The tasks are coordinated by a Virtual Assistant (VA).
- A virtual assistant can “talk” to you through smart speakers.
- You can give your VA instructions through voice commands.
A day in the IoT life
The Internet of Things could transform your daily routine. Here’s a day in the life with IoT technology:
1. Before you wake
The data processing software has collected a month’s worth of data on your habits. The VA uses the data to assist you in getting ready for work. It’s very cold this morning. The VA talks to your thermostat and tells it to warm the house.
2. Rise and shine
The VA tells your alarm clock to wake you up at 7:00 AM. Collected data reveals that you always wake up at 7 AM on weekdays.
3. Lights, lights, lights
The VA knows that the first thing you do in the morning is take a shower. It turns on the lights in your bedroom and bathroom.
4. Coffee time
While you’re showering, the VA instructs your coffee maker to make a new pot.
5. Never miss a deadline
The VA checks your calendar and notices that your report is due today. The VA instructs your HP Tango printer to print the report while you’re eating breakfast.
6. Traffic alert
Your VA scans the internet and learns that there’s heavy traffic on your normal route to work. It finds an alternate route for you.
7. Where did I leave my keys?
Uh-oh! You’ve misplaced your car keys. Thankfully, your car keys are programmed with the Tile app. The VA detects the homing beacon on your Tile-programmed keys. You left them on the kitchen counter!
8. Have a good day at work
Your VA knows you won’t be home for eight hours. It turns off all the lights and the thermostat. It’ll have the house warmed up for you when you get home.
The future of the Internet of Things
- By 2020, the average person will own 4 connected devices
- By 2025, there are expected to be 75 billion IoT devices worldwide 
Get in on the IoT action
If you want technology that’s optimized for the Internet of Things, look no further than HP’s select computers, printers, speakers, and computer accessories.
 Statista.com; Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices installed base worldwide from 2015 to 2025 (in billions)
 Politico.com; Introducing the wireless cow
 BusinessInsider.com; There will be 24 billion IoT devices installed on Earth by 2020