The Evolution of IoT


The Internet of Things continues to evolve and change the world we live in, and how we go about our everyday lives.

To fully grasp the idea of IoT, take a closer look at the infographic below Although IoT might seem like a recently popular buzzword among the public, the concept of connecting the physical systems or the machines have been a subject of interest for the technology innovators for quite a long time.

However, according to the tech review site, Safe at Last, it wasn’t until 1999, when Kevin Ashton, British visionary technologist, had coined the expression ‘internet of things’ that the idea behind IoT has begun to take shape.

It was Ashton’s presentation that helped the world realize that the developing technology (at the time) has the potential to change the world as we know it, given the right vision.

LG Electronics then announced the world’s first internet-enabled refrigerator, known as the Internet Digital DIOS, back in 2000. Although the fridge didn’t sell well, because people at the time thought that it was overpriced for their needs, it was the LG’s smart fridge that paved the way for the potential of everyday house objects being connected to the Internet.

Fast forward to the year 2005 – a year when Nabaztag was originally manufactured by the company Violet, and introduced to the world. The little rabbit robot was able to acquire news, stock market changes and weather reports via Wi-Fi connection and text-to-speech software, and read them out loud to the owner.

In 2008, the world’s first international IoT conference was held in Zurich. That was also the year when for the first time in history, there were more things or objects connected to the Internet than people.

To fully grasp the concept of IoT, you must first find out more about its history. Keep reading the infographic below if you want to figure out IoT is and how it has been developing over time.