What Is the Internet of Things?


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The Internet of Things is a concept that involves all types of traditionally noncomputing devices being connected to the Internet. Some examples are appliances, building automation devices and medical devices such as pacemakers.

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The term was coined in 1999 by technology researcher Kevin Ashton and was popularized with a 2009 article on the subject that he wrote for "RFID Journal." Ashton's major selling point for the concept was the reduction of waste if machines can automatically track and count everything. The concept originated with the idea of adding RFID tags to a wide range of objects, but it has evolved to giving objects tiny Internet-connected chips with unique IP addresses. The idea has raised privacy concerns.

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