The Internet of Things is essentially a network of devices that have chips in them that allow them to send and receive information to and from other devices. The concept has not been quick to catch the public’s attention the way that other technologies such as social networking and communication have but it is an important development that is sure to be more than a trend. In a lot of ways one might say that the Internet of Things has been hiding in plain sight.
One conversation that is somewhat related to the Internet of Things has been taking place in the world of fashion. Fashion insiders have debated whether or not there is a way to integrate technology into fashion in a form that will catch on with consumers. One of the biggest experiments in wearable technology actually did not take place in the fashion industry but in the tech industry. That experiment was a little thing that was known as Google Glass. The first iteration of the smart glasses were a failure in part because they looked somewhat clunky. Even though Google Glass is a work in progress other companies have not given up on integrating clothing into the Internet of Things.
Over on the website The Bro Talk entrepreneur and Internet of Things enthusiast Jason Hope sited one good example of a company that is helping to make athletic wear go high-tech. Hope cited the example of the company Under Armour which, according to his piece, is creating a smart sneaker. The smart sneaker that Under Armour has developed will differ from the standard tennis shoes in that a fitness tracker will be integrated into its design. These shoes will actually be able to record data about health-related metrics as the owner wears them helping to usher in the future where the Internet of Things actually impacts health that Hope has often written about. These devices show that the impact of the Internet of Things will go beyond merely impacting household appliances but will soon be integrated into things that are overlooked parts of our everyday life.
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