LAWRENCE — Every day, more and more people interact with the Internet of Things (IoT) in daily life. The IoT includes the devices and appliances in our homes — such as smart TVs, virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa or learning thermostats like Nest — that connect to the internet. The IoT also includes wearables such as the Apple Watch or Bluetooth chips that keep track of car keys. Our cars themselves, if equipped with sensors and computers, are also part of the IoT.
“Traditionally, when you think about the internet, it’s someone on a computer communicating with something out in the world — usually someone else on a computer,” said Perry Alexander, AT&T Foundation Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Science and director of the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at the University of Kansas. “The ‘Internet of Things’ is called that because now we have things talking to other things on the internet without human intervention.”