Asked by: MICHAEL WHEELER, BY EMAIL
First, the internet modems on our laptops went wireless, then the same happened with our mobile phones. These days anything that needs to be networked, from games consoles to home entertainment systems, is most likely to be connected through Wi-Fi or the 3G phone network. So, in effect, our internet enabled home appliances are already wireless. Since its inception, the global data network has been an internet of information. Increasingly it’s becoming known as an ‘internet of objects’. That refers to the fact that just about anything electronic will ultimately have internet access. As a result, the protocols that govern the net have been upgraded to accommodate the billions of additional IP addresses needed as our toasters, fridges and other devices go online. Estimates vary, but some predict we’ll have a full internet of objects within 20 to 30 years.
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