Skip Ferderber: Is ‘The Internet of Things’ in your future? | Technology for ‘us’.

For simplicity's sake, IoT refers to any gadget that can be connected to the Internet or to each other: a refrigerator with a tablet built into its door, a combo lighting/heating/security panel, etc. This might include web-connected driverless cars, planes talking to each other while talking to ground control and weather stations. Analysts at the Raymond James firm say that by 2020, there could be up to 50 billion devices "[that] will disrupt [our] consumer and industrial products …"