Present and Future Applications of the Internet of Things

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Industries Currently Being Served Best by IoT Applications

The most interesting areas that the survey discusses as currently being served by IoT devices and development include home automation (19 percent), wearables (13 percent), fitness (11 percent) and automotive (11 percent) applications. Success stories like FitBit and its recent IPO as well as the availability of devices like the Nest in big-box stores are paving the way toward widespread consumer adoption of IoT devices.

With the advent of the Apple Watch, wearable technologies have gained much customer-facing attention, both positive and negative, but many IoT wearables are both less glamorous and less expensive. The military has also provided fertile ground for developing integrated wearables, like those in the areas of infrared sensing and night vision. These applications can all be seen as the trailblazers in a history that is still unfolding. Additionally, medical applications are rapidly maturing, merging wireless technologies and sensors to monitor health. These innovations range from tiny devices to monitor heart rate all the way up to caregiving robots already in use in Japan and Europe.

The Internet of Things (IoT) can be simply defined as an interconnection of uniquely identifiable, embedded computing-like devices within the Internet infrastructure, but the term and dictionary definition often only limit future applications of the technology. A recent IoT industry survey by New Harbor Research and commissioned by Progress found that nearly half of the developers who were surveyed are building IoT applications right now, and nearly three-quarters of them are excited by the technology's potential. This growing industry trend is evidenced by the vast array of smart devices, connected appliances and wearables along with accompanying applications currently on the market.

The survey asked developers about their thoughts on where the Internet of Things is headed. Topics ranged from the commercial reality and future potential of the IoT to developers' biggest concerns and challenges as well as the opportunities for innovation currently available. Also discussed were the most popular operating systems and platforms for IoT development, and leading IoT industries today and looking forward.

A surprisingly diverse number of opinions were revealed about the current status of IoT adoption, where it will be in the future, and how to leverage it today.

Here are the top five compelling patterns that developers are seeing emerge in the Internet of Things space.


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