There are lots of discussions going on in the tech world about the internet of things (IoT). As of late 2015, it seems that much of the industry has focused on building internet-connected devices and services regardless of whether they really serve a greater purpose. A great example is a kettle that texts you when it’s boiled!
So we now know what IoT is and what it offers us. The Internet of Things (sometimes known as SMART technology) is the connection of physical devices to the internet in some form to exchange data. Examples include a council bin that can check how full it is and communicate with the refuse collection team to be emptied. Or of course NEST and HIVE – the digital thermostats at home which can be controlled by your mobile phone.
To date, most IoT devices are built around improving security or comfort, or simply for entertainment. However, one of the areas where I think it will play a big part as a differentiator and present the most improvement is to accessibility/disability.