What is the Internet of Things, or IoT? It's using the web to do things like remotely controlling a thermostat to make life simpler.
You can use the Internet to complete all kinds of tasks, such as paying bills, sending messages, and online shopping. As the Internet becomes more accessible around the world, people are finding new ways to incorporate this technology into everyday life.
For example, consider the thermostat that controls the temperature in your home. Traditionally, you could only adjust this from your house. But smart thermostats like the Nest and Ecobee can be connected to the Internet. This allows you to control the device remotely so you can adjust the temperature from anywhere with a computer or smartphone.
Smart and connected devices like this are commonly referred to as part of the Internet of Things, or IoT for short. More and more products are beginning to use this technology, including lightbulbs, door locks, and even refrigerators.
The IoT isn't limited to the appliances in your home. It can also be used to connect just about anything to the Internet—cars, street lights, and even entire buildings! As more and more devices are connected to the IoT, we can combine this information to help make better decisions in our daily lives.
Watch this video from Mashable to learn more about how the Internet of Things works and how it could be used in the future.