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Internet of Things: Impact on the Home

Internet of Things: Impact on the Home

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 [1]
Internet of Things at Home Infographic

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. [2]

The 5 Components of IoT

1. Devices

It starts with the devices in your home. IoT devices might include:


  • Smartphones
  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Home audio


  • Air conditioning systems
  • Heaters
  • Water heaters


  • Alarm clocks
  • TVs
  • Coffee makers
  • Light fixtures
  • Refrigerators
  • Stoves

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

3. Internet

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.

5. Automation

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).
  • 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 [3]

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.

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