According to Forbes Internet of Things (IoT) is basically connecting any device to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. This also applies to components of machines, for example a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig.
According to Gartner, there will be nearly 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020. Below are a lost of 5 interesting TED Talks about IOT
The Internet of Things: Dr. John Barrett at TEDxCIT
Dr. John Barrett is Head of Academic Studies at the Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Group Director of the Centre's Smart Systems Integration Research Group. His research is focused on packaging, miniaturisation and embedding of smart systems in materials, objects and structures. He has been active in Irish and European R&D projects in the areas of packaging and systems integration for almost 30 years and has over 100 publications in topics related to his field.
The Internet of Things is Just Getting Started: Arlen Nipper at TEDxNewBedford
Arlen Nipper has been designing embedded computer hardware and software for 33 years. Arlen graduated from Oklahoma State University and worked in the oil patch for 10 years learning tons of useful stuff about "how things work" in the real world. The next part of Arlen's career path led to signing up with a startup technology company called NovaTech providing design and integration services using embedded computer technology. NovaTech was a successful startup and became Arcom Control System and then Eurotech Inc. over the last 20 years. Arlen was the President and CTO of these OEM computer manufacturing companies. Arlen is now the co-founder and President/CTO of Cirrus Link. Across his entire career, Arlen has been passionate about applying embedded computer technology to existing paradigm problems in the industrial controls and automation market sector. But in recent years he has stepped back from just the hardware/software aspects of embedded systems and started to view the entire ecosystem of hardware, software, security, infrastructure, IT and, ultimately, the people being served by the this hugely interesting, emerging "Internet of Things".
Design Technology in the Internet of Things: Carla Diana at TEDxEmory 2012
Carla Diana is a creative professional who tries to live as close to the near future as possible. She is currently the Associate Director of Interaction Design at Smart Design. Carla holds an MFA in Design from Cranbrook and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Cooper Union. From 2002 to 2007 she was Professor of Interactive Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design and from 2007 to 2008 was Visiting Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her speech includes domestic robots, mobile devices, and sentient kitchen appliances.
TEDxKTH - Kristina Höök - Living in an Internet of Things World
Kristina Höök is Professor in Human-Machine Interaction at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, a post she has held since 2003. She is also a part-time employee at SICS, the Swedish Institute of Computer Science. Kristina was a founder of the Mobile Life Centre in 2007, now some 50 researchers who work with corporate and governmental partners including Microsoft Research, Ericsson, Nokia, TeliaSonera and the City of Stockholm. Her research focuses on bodily and emotional interaction. She will talk about "The Internet of Things" - uniquely identifiable objects virtually represented in an Internet-like structure.
The internet of things: Lorna Goulden at TEDxAmsterdamWomen
As Director of Creative Innovation Works and a founding member of the global Internet of People consulting group, Lorna Goulden predicts how our everyday lives could change now that more and more devices are being connected online. She proposes that we need to fundamentally change the way we think as well as the way that we create in order to enable people to design an internet of things that they really want.