Month: December 2017

The Internet of Things – Part 1

The world is getting smaller. The world is getting smarter. And technology is exponentially improving each year. iPhones only came out 10 years ago. What will America look like 10 years from now? I have an idea of what it will look like. Everything will be connected to the Internet. People don’t realize this, but we are already on our way there.

Think about the appliances in the home. The A/C unit, the dishwasher, the fridge, and the stove or oven. 20 years ago, it was not possible to control the A/C system from a cell phone. As a matter of fact, most people didn’t even have cell phones 20 years ago! Now, almost everyone of adult age has one.

I have one of these A/C systems. The A/C touch-pad on the wall is connected to WiFi. That means, if I’m upstairs, and want to turn the heating on in the winter, I simply need to open the application on my phone and turn the heating on. My A/C system recently broke down, a few months ago. I had to buy a new system. The system is so new that I haven’t even downloaded the A/C application on my iPhone yet. Maybe I’m old-fashioned. I don’t really see the need to control the heater from my phone. I can just walk up to it to program it. If I wanted, I could also program the unit outside of the home. I connect to it via my cell phones service, which eventually connects to my WiFi, which also connects to the unit. Did you follow all of that? Technology is amazing! And it’s only going to get better.

Swing by next week where I continue to write about the Internet of Things. You’ll be surprised what technology has in store for us soon.

My A/C Unit

Let’s talk about A/C units. What is so special about them? Well, for example, try asking that question again if the unit breaks in the summer or winter. As a matter of fact, that is exactly what happened to me this year! It was not fun and it was unexpected.

First of all, it broke a few months ago in the summer. Secondly, heat rises very easily in my home. Therefore, without some type of cold air, it could get to 80 degrees in my bedroom. I can’t sleep in that heat! My family, especially, don’t deserve to live in those conditions. I needed to replace my A/C unit. but I needed a quick fix in the meantime. So I went to Home Depot.

Once at Home Depot, I looked for a portable A/C system. To my surprise and delight, I found many. On top of that, once I installed them, I found out they worked extremely well. The room, if I wanted, could become very cold. There was a soft hum coming from the unit. Back that did not bother me too much. I was happy sleeping in a cool room while it was hot outside. That was good enough for me.

I think sometimes we take our technology for granted. A simple unit such as an A/C unit becomes very important when it doesn’t work. When it does work properly, we don’t think much of it. As a society, I think that we, as a whole, should be more thankful for what we have, technology-wise. 100 years ago, we did not have the simple luxuries we have today. Even today, much of the world does not have these types of technologies available for them. That is slowly changing, however. And it’s changing for the better.

Then and Now

When I was growing up there was not much technology in our home. Or perhaps in just seems that way. This is because many years ago technology was not as advanced as it is today.

Sure, we had a television. We had an antenna on the roof, even if we had cable TV for a few years. We had the Internet, even though it was a dial-up modem. We did not have cell phones yet. We also did not have smart devices. After all, smart devices work mostly over WiFi!

The technology of when I was growing up has changed. A/C units did not have the capability to be programmed by WiFi. By current A/C system has this ability. If I want to save on my heating bill, I can keep my unit off when I’m not home. At the same time, if I know  I’ll be home soon, I could get on my iPhone and open the A/C system app that I downloaded. From there, I can turn my A/C system on! This is amazing to me since something so small can make such a large change.

Smart appliances are becoming a thing. Imagine filling the coffee machine the night before bed. Remember now, this is a smart machine. Upon waking, I could decide to get on my phone and open the coffee machine app. From there, I would simply press another button or two and hear a noise from the kitchen. What’s that? It’s the coffee machine which turned on via WiFi!

As technology continues to improve, more people will have smart appliances. Everything will be smart. Smart appliances, smart homes, smart cars, and more, will be commonplace. There will come a time when we will wonder what life was like without all of our amazing technology. That time might be sooner than we think.