Communicating electronically is no longer limited to just phones and computers. Everybody knows that. Many of us have televisions we use to go online and cars that give us driving directions. But do any of you have a coffee cup that tells you if your baby is too hot in her crib with that extra blanket? How about a mousetrap that sends you a text when it needs attention? You don’t yet – but you will.
These are some of the innovations we saw coming from manufacturers this week at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show. Intel announced a new chip with powerful built-in technology that can power garments equipped with sensors that can send a message to a display on coffee mug. Texas Instruments has used their expertise in innovation to develop a mousetrap that can be monitored remotely. Chevrolet has equipped their vehicles with technology so they are now wifi hotspots for all your devices.
All of these devices, sensors, phones, computers, appliances – basically everything and the kitchen sink connect electronically and collect data to help us work and live more efficiently. These billions of connections are being called the “Internet of Things” and it was a top theme at CES.
Manufacturers are leading the internet of things (IoT) revolution. We make and use the products, technology, and networks that power the IoT. This is why we launched the NAM D.A.T.A. Policy Center last year – to ensure policy makers and the general public know the innovative breakthroughs in all aspects of life come from manufacturers.