IoT – Internet of Things

The Internet of Things – Buzzword- Noun: A type of device that is connected to the internet and communicates with other devices to automate processes. If you have a conventional device that connects to the internet, it falls into the IoT camp. Think home appliances, gadgets, bio-wearables IoTand much more.

OED Definition:  Internet of things  n. a proposed development of the Internet in which many everyday objects are embedded with microchips giving them network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data

Etymology: Internet, inter(between) + net(having to do with computers), meaning  “a term used to describe the network of interconnected computer devices” + of + Things, plural of thing, Germanic, meaning “A material object, an article, an item.” = Internet of Things. The term “Internet of Things” was first coined in 1999 by then Procter & Gamble employee and now MIT professor Keven Ashton. Another MIT professor D.L. Brook eloquently explained the vision for the Internet of Things as “Our vision is to create a ‘Smart World’, that is, an intelligent infrastructure linking objects, information and people through the computer network…”

A material object, an article, an item; a being or entity consisting of matter, or occupying space

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Sociolectal Information: Used primarily by professionals in the tech industry and tech enthusiasts in references to new pieces of technology that have to due with this type of technology. The users of this phrase are slowly spreading to people who are not as in the know about the technology scene. As you can see in the video below many students don’t fully understand what the Internet of Things is on the William & Mary campus.  That being said one or two students seem to have gotten a very basic sense of what the phrase might mean which is a good sign that this phrase is new and still catching on in public use.


Survival Predictions: Due to the rising popularity of devices such as iPhones, Smart TV’s, home appliances, and wearables, the IOT is rising in popularity very quickly. According to many financial and technological analysts, the IOT is going to grow to be  one the largest industries in the US within the next 10-15 years. This way of implementing technology in ordinary objects is going to transform the world as we know it very rapidly. This puts the Internet of Things in a position to thrive for many years to come as our homes and lives become more connected and automated.

Lexopinions: The Internet of Things is a phrase that explains a difficulty and hard to grasp idea into a very simple one. This has given this phrase a very useful and necessary use as it lets develops and tech companies to explain and educate the consumer on this relatively new technology. Its also got a phoneaestetic value as it inherently sounds cool and interesting and makes people want to know what it is. By using the word Internet it allows people to automatically start creating connections through what they already know.

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