Simon Egerton: Do we really need the internet of things?

WE’VE heard about the “internet of things” (IoT), perhaps as part of a long list of new technology that seems to be taking over our lives. But is it really that useful to us?

The IoT is a giant network of connected “things”, including electronic devices, home appliances and mobile phones; basically any physical object that features an IP address for internet connectivity. These items essentially “talk” to each other, gathering data and providing us with information.

Although a lot of IoT commentary focuses on indulgent appliances invading our lives – like smart fridges that tell us when we’re running low on milk – it can also help us solve pressing problems.

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