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Smart Homes: Where the IoT comes to life

Even with the inclusion of autonomous vehicles and Tesla, smart homes are still the area that has cemented the concept and the potential of the IoT most fully for the general public. There’s much more to talk about than fridges that tell you when your milk’s going to go off and light bulbs that change colour, too. (Although both of those things are still pretty cool).

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So we’re all connected – what’s next?

It’s understandable that parts of IoT will move forward at different rates. But if we assume the advances in IoT will play out as we expect across our five areas of interest (wearables, home, cities, enterprise, environment), then we could be looking at a future where we live longer, we’re fitter and healthier, there’s less pollution, we need to work less, and we’re rarely late. Or are we? To paint a picture of the future as a Logan’s Run-esque utopia (spoiler: the film doesn’t turn out well) would be disingenuous, but to envisage 50 years from now as like the Pixar film WALL-E where humans are inert and ignorant would be taking things to the other extreme too. It’s clear at least that there will be knock-on effects of an automated society that no-one can predict but let’s try some of the easier ones .

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