We’re living in the age of technology, where advancements in Embedded Computers and the Internet of Things (IoT) combine to create a tech-saturated world. But what exactly are they, and how are they impacting our daily lives?
What are Embedded Computers and IoT?
Essentially, embedded computers are tiny, miniature devices installed in mediums such as vehicles, equipment, or even drones. They act as a ‘brain’, providing them with the capacity to execute instructions and make decisions. They’re the reason your smartphone can operate various apps, or your car can operate the latest driver assistance systems.
Meanwhile, the Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of objects, like vehicles, machines, home appliances, and even wearable devices that share information and data with each other. Not only does it help to improve the performance of these appliances, but it also enables us to control and monitor them (from wherever we are) via a smartphone or tablet.
Daily Life Impacts of Embedded Computers and IoT
We’re surrounded by embedded computers and IoT, and can feel the impacts every day.
- Home Automation: IoT is changing the way we manage our homes. Now, with just a few clicks of a button, we can turn appliances on and off, check security cameras, or even change the temperature.
- Transportation: Embedded computers and sensors in vehicles significantly improve safety, power, and fuel efficiency. Automatic braking and adaptive cruise control are just a couple of the automotive improvements enabled by embedded computers.
- Entertainment: IoT makes our lives fun and entertaining. We can now control smart TVs, streaming services, and gaming systems with the touch of a button.
- Connectivity: With the help of embedded computers, almost all the gadgets, products, services and machines are now connected to one another, either through your local network or the cloud. This allows us to access data, keep track of our usage, and sync different devices with one another.
Embedded Computers and IoT are revolutionizing daily life. From home automation to safety and entertainment, this technology has enabled us to make our lives easier, and has connected us to others in ways that were never before possible. So next time you use your voice-activated assistant, or take advantage of smart home automation, thank embedded computers and IoT.