Engineering Inside:

2016 Issue 3
The Internet of Things

Explore the IoT Home of the Future

August 2016

by Robin Hegg

All of the lights throughout the house will be on timers that dim and get brighter depending on the time of day. You’ll control the mood lighting in the bedroom through your phone or voice, and the lighting will help you gently wake up in the morning.

All of the lights throughout the house will be on timers that dim and get brighter depending on the time of day. You’ll control the mood lighting in the bedroom through your phone or voice, and the lighting will help you gently wake up in the morning. Image credit: http://www.davewrightphotographic.com/

The Internet of Things promises to revolutionize almost every aspect of our everyday lives, including the way we use the things in our homes and how buildings themselves function. Want to get a closer look at what the future of the Internet of Things will look like in your home? Check out IEEE’s IoT Home of the Future. This online virtual tour will take you through a house equipped with IoT connected devices that can be programmed, communicate with one another, automatically respond to data received from other devices, and be controlled remotely.

The DOLL Living Lab in Hersted Industrial Park in Albertslund, Denmark is another example of a real-life space utilizing smart technologies. The DOLL Living Lab’s industrial park acts as a real-life laboratory and showroom where outdoor LED lighting technology and Smart City technology can be displayed, tested, and developed.

Want to learn about the Internet of Things in a uniquely visual way? Check out Information is Beautiful’s The Internet of Things: A Primer. Or, check out these videos:

To try your hand at the technical side of the IoT, check out camps like the Microsoft Internet of Things Camps or ID Tech camps. Learning open-source platforms like Arduino and Raspberry Pi can help you to connect devices and make them communicate with one another. If you want to try to connect devices in your home, check out the projects in our Smart Homes issue that use Arduino and Raspberry Pi to turn your home into a smart home using IoT technology. Smart Living Maker, a Building Management System (BMS) style dashboard can help you to connect and automate your devices and can be accessed on your computer or phone.

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Explore the IoT Home of the Future

The Internet of Things promises to revolutionize almost every aspect of our everyday lives, including the way we use the things in our homes and how buildings themselves function. Want to get a closer look at what the future of the Internet of Things?

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IEEE SPOTLIGHT

The Internet of Things Initiative

In 2014, driven by the daily influx of new information about the Internet of Things and what it could do, IEEE Future Directions launched the IEEE Internet of Things Initiative to help clarify and distribute the latest information about the Internet of Things and its potential to transform the way we live and the way machines work.

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