By JEFF DESJARDINS at Visual Capitalist
The dawn of the Internet of Things (IoT) era is already upon us, but for many people there is a chance that the future impact of the IoT is still pretty unclear.
What is the scale of this technological shift, and how exactly will our day-to-day lives be changed by more everyday devices being connected to the web?
Today’s infographic puts the scale of the IoT into a dazzling sense of perspective. Here’s the dramatic shift in devices connected to the web from 1990 until today:
- In 1990, there were over 300,000 desktop computers connected to the internet.
- In 2000, there were over 300 million desktops connected to the internet.
- In 2016, there are now over 2 billion mobile phones connected to the internet.
And here’s what to expect after just a few more years! By 2020…
- There will be 13 billion kettles, fridges, TVs, thermostats, security cameras, lights, smoke detectors and other things in your home connected to the internet.
- There will be 3.5 billion navigation systems, in-car entertainment systems, and other things in vehicles connected to the internet.
- There will be 411 million wrist bands, shoes, glasses, watches, sports socks, clothing, and other wearable things connected to the internet.
- There will be 646 million heart rate monitors, body implants, pill bottles, blood pressure monitors, skin patches, and other things in the hospital connected to the internet.
- There will be 9.7 buildings, street lights, traffic lights, water pipes, parking meters, pollution monitors, and other things in the city connected to the internet.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
It means that in just a few years, it is likely true that: your house’s heating will turn when you start to head home, traffic lights will adjust to the flow of traffic, empty parking spaces will communicate with your car, your kettle can be ready as you walk in the door, your fridge will order milk for you when you are running low, and your pill bottle may message you when a dose is accidentally missed.