Your mobile telephone is a computer, but technically, so is your microwave, your car, your
television set, and even your washing machine.
Today, our lives are made more comfortable by scores of machines; when was the last time you
washed your clothes by hand? The clothes go in the washing machine, then in the dryer, and
then in the cupboard. This all comes at a cost; financially, of course, but also in terms of energy.
Energy is available, that isn’t the problem. Our problem is our use of energy.
The IoT will give us millions of connected sensors. This will also supply us with data,
lots and lots of it. Why wouldn’t a small device in my house have direct control over my
washing machine, or even better, actually be inside my washing machine? It could be programmed
to start at a specific time, talking to other devices on the energy grid? Or even in my home;
it could tell the water heater to wait until it has finished, and then the water heater gets
its chance. The possibilities are endless.