March | 2018
The Internet has totally transfigured the way we subsist, communicate, interact and do business. Internet is nowadays becoming base of every business. There is almost no business out there any longer that doesn’t rely on the World Wide Web in some sort of capacity.
Internet of Things (IOT) is altogether a new theory that defines how we interact with the physical world. The term Internet of Things generally refers to scenario where network connectivity and computing capability extends to objects, sensors and everyday items or wearables not normally considered computers, allowing these devices to produce, exchange and devour data with least human intervention. In the broadest sense, Internet of Things includes everything connected to the internet, but it is more progressively being used to define things that "talk" to each other. IOT offers us chance to be more proficient in how we perform our daily activities by saving our time, money and frequent emissions in the process. It allows companies, governments and public authorities to re-think how they deliver services and produce goods. This is transforming the way enterprises scale their operations.
As already mentioned in the introduction, the Internet of Things means literally connecting things to the World Wide Web to make them remotely accessible.
Right now, the Internet of Things is mostly made up of mobile devices such as phones, tablets, or computers. However, in the future, it can mean anything: home appliances, parts of industrial machines, heavy machinery like planes but also wearables that people carry on their body.
Alright, now that we know more about what IOT is, let’s talk about how it can interact with WordPress. We will talk about few tools which will enable us to understand the entire concept.
If This, Then That (IFTTT) is centered around two basic concepts: DO recipes and IF recipes. The idea is that you can cause outcomes to happen (the DO part) in response to certain events (the IF part). IFTTT recipes can be run against particular services and WordPress is one of the existing options. For example, IFTTT lets you share your latest WordPress posts with a specific tag to LinkedIn, automatically post Instagram pictures on your blog or log all blog posts in a calendar or spreadsheet.The service is very easy to use even for people who can’t program as almost everything can be done by mouse click.
If you’re going down the maker route in terms of creating your own IOT devices, littleBits is going to be a particularly interesting option to explore. littleBits consists of electronic building blocks that can be used to invent all kinds of new devices and then connect them to the Internet through the platform’s own API. The electronic building blocks are color-coded which makes them super easy to use, magnetic which makes it convenient to join with one another and reusable which saves means that you can use a set of building blocks to create several different inventions.
Particle is a popular service that enables users to transit between prototype to production and build an Internet of Things product. The service provides users with a cloud-connected hardware development kit that makes it easy to prototype their ideas. Particle is a platform for connecting IOT devices to the web. They offer all the necessary software from device management tools, the ability to connect via wifi or cellular network, development IDEs, a command line interface as well as SDKs.
Therefore, the Internet of Things is an idea whose time has arrived. We’re presently at the very beginning of a rush towards a future where the measureless majority of devices we collaborate with are internet enabled. Being a major shareholder on web, WordPress will obviously play a vital role in this. Today we already have ways to connect WordPress to the IOT, mostly through plug-ins and third-party services.